Cutbacks to the SNAP program, formerly known as food stamps, are right around the corner.
Those enrolled in the program can expect to see less money in their EBT cards November 1. The cutbacks are coming because funds from the stimulus program are going away.
Those in the SNAP program will see anywhere between a 5.4 and 5.6 percent decrease in their benefits. For a family of four, that could be anywhere from $36 to $40 less per month, and for some that's a significant loss.
"For low-income families that's a great deal of money and they don't have a lot of discretionary funds, if any discretionary funds, in their family budget to make up those $40," said Diane Kukyno, director of social services in Charlottesville.
According to the Department of Social Services, the cutbacks can not only bring less food to the table but also less nutritious food.
As SNAP recipients begin to see cutbacks next week, churches and food banks are expected to see an uptick. The Department of Social Services says now is an important time for the community to step in and donate.
Virginia Department of Social Services Press Release
RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 24, 2013) – Beginning on November 1, 2013, recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, will see a decrease in the amount of their monthly benefits and every month thereafter.
This decrease is happening because funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the Stimulus Package, are no longer available.
"In November, the April 2009 increase in SNAP benefits resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will expire based on federal legislation that allowed the provision to sunset," explained director of Benefit Programs, Thomas Steinhauser.
Benefits will return to the level they would have been, had the Stimulus Package not been passed. Most households will see about a 5.4 percent decrease in their SNAP allotments.
"For a family of four receiving the maximum benefit, the cut will be $36 per month. For many households this cut will be significant," said Steinhauser.
The decrease in the amount of benefits will depend on many variables: income, household size, and expenses.
The following table will give you an idea of what the reduction might be if your household has no income.
A household of 1 may get $11 less
A household of 2 may get $20 less
A household of 3 may get $29 less
A household of 4 may get $36 less
A household of 5 may get $43 less
A household of 6 may get $52 less
A household of 7 may get $57 less
A household of 8 may get $65 less