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than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps are seeing their benefits go
down starting this month, just as Congress has begun negotiations on further
cuts to the program. Beginning in November, a temporary benefit from the
2009 economic stimulus that boosts food stamp dollars will no longer be
available. That means a family of four receiving food stamps will start
receiving $36 less a month. The benefits fluctuate based on factors that
include food prices, inflation and income. The rolls have swelled as the
economy has struggled in recent years, with the stimulus providing higher
benefits and many people signing up for the first time. As a result, the
program has more than doubled in cost since 2008, now costing almost $80
billion a year. As Congress debates the cuts to the program, this could mean
local food banks could have to double their current level of
distribution. As we approach the holiday season think of those in
need who may need a little bit more this year.
I'm Vanessa Oubre, That's "My Take" what's yours?
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