Anxiety as stimulus hike in food stamps set to end - KLFY News 10

Anxiety as stimulus hike in food stamps set to end

Posted: Updated:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Millions of Americans will see a drop in their food stamps benefit next month as a temporary increase expires.

Food stamps - actually the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - go to 47 million Americans a month. Almost half of them are children and teenagers.

The federal stimulus pumped $45.2 billion into SNAP starting in 2009. That increased the monthly benefit of $588 a month to $668 for an average household of four. In November, that same family will start getting $632 a month. That's about a 5 percent cut.

The monthly benefits go to 1 in 7 Americans. The amount they get fluctuates based on factors including food prices, income and inflation.

The program could face another shortfall if the government remains shuttered past Nov. 1.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • ATC Shuts Down “The Keg”

    ATC Shuts Down “The Keg”

    Lafayette, LA: Last night around midnight, Alcohol & Tobacco Control agents went into "The Keg" to conduct a compliance inspection. After receiving information that the establishment was allowing kidsMore >>
    After receiving information that The Keg was allowing kids under the age of eighteen on the premise, as well as selling alcohol to them, ATC sent in undercover operatives to verify these complaints.More >>
  • Local Deacon to Assist Pope on Easter

    Local Deacon to Assist Pope on Easter

    A Lafayette native will be spending his Easter with the Pope. Deacon Patrick Broussard is studying in Italy to be a priest. He was there for the election of Pope Francis and now he will be assisting himMore >>
    Deacon Patrick Broussard is studying in Italy to be a priest. He was there for the election of Pope Francis and now he will be assisting him with Easter services on Saturday.More >>
  • Man dies while attacking Opelousas woman

    Man dies while attacking Opelousas woman

    One man's death after attacking an Opelousas woman in her home early Thursday morning has left Opelousas police with many questions. According to police, the victim was awakened at 1:30 a.m. by a manMore >>
    One man's death while attacking an Opelousas woman in her home early Thursday morning has left Opelousas police with many questions.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLFY. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.