SNAP Recipients Will See Decreased Benefits in November as ARRA Increases End
On November 1, 2013, recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see their benefits decrease.
In April 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the stimulus package, raised SNAP benefits to help people affected by the recession. During the difficult economic downturn, as more and more hard-working individuals and families faced hard choices between purchasing groceries or paying bills, SNAP helped reduce food insecurity and prevented many people from slipping even deeper into poverty.
SNAP recipients can expect two changes in their benefit amounts during the fall of 2013. First, benefits will increase slightly for most households on October 1 to reflect the costs of living. This is one of a set of adjustments that happens every year at this time. Then, most families will see their benefits decrease on November 1 due the end of the extra benefits provided by ARRA.