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SNAP! Residents To Get Less In Food Stamps

Dept. of Agriculture

People on food stamps have been receiving a little extra in their monthly payments thanks to the economic stimulus package passed in 2009.

But Friday, November 1, those extra benefits end.

More than a million and half people across North Carolina rely on food assistance from the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.  That’s 17.7% of the population.

The economic stimulus package increased food assistance benefits to help ease the hardship caused by the recession.  But beginning Friday, the average SNAP recipient will experience a 5.4-percent decrease in benefits.  The average family of four will see a drop of about $36 a month.

Food banks are bracing for even more requests for food.  North Carolina has seen the percentage of its residents needing food assistance steadily increase over the past five years.

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