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Locals Concerned About Food Stamp Benefits Decrease

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By Jay Michaels

Kimberly, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Nationwide, food stamp benefits are going to drop slightly beginning next month. In Idaho, that adds up to a decrease of about five percent.

Finances are already tight for Jessica Duquette. Right now she gets just under $100 a month in food stamps. After hearing that her benefits would drop, she's figuring out how to get by with less money.

Duquette says, "I'll just buy cheaper stuff that will last longer, hopefully. No meats, because those are expensive. Meals will probably just be macaroni and cheese, and bananas, they're pretty cheap."

Four and a half years ago, economic stimulus money raised food stamp benefits nationwide by 14 percent. But next week, there won't be any more federal money for that program.

Tom Shanahan for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says, "Those funds actually expire at the end of October. So on November 1st, when people receive their food stamp benefits, they'll see about a 5% reduction of benefits."

In Idaho, the most one person can receive in food stamps is $200 a month, which will decrease to about $189. Jessica Duquette isn't sure how much her food stamp benefits will drop. But she's already wondering how much less she'll have to spend on groceries next month.

Duquette says, "I'm waiting for them to tell me, I guess, that we're going to be even shorter."

The amount your food stamp benefits decrease will depend on the size of your family and your household situation.

October 22, 2013.


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