People who rely on federal food help getting less now

Oct 31, 2013

People who get assistance from the federal food stamp program will see a reduction in their monthly benefit starting Friday.

As part of the federal stimulus program in 2009, more money was provided for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or SNAP benefits. That increase expires on November 1. The size of the reduction will vary based on the income, number of family members, and expenses of each household, but for a family of three, it’s expected to be a cut of about 30 dollars a month.

Nancy Carrington of the Connecticut Food Bank says 424,000 Connecticut residents who receive SNAP benefits will be affected by the reduction, including 149,000 children and 102,000 elderly or disabled people. She says food banks like hers are not sufficient to meet the state’s hunger needs.