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My Take - Food Stamps

More 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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