Food stamp reductions will occur Friday

10/31/2013 4:53 PM

10/31/2013 4:53 PM

Roughly 933,000 Missourians will face a cut in their food stamp benefits Friday.

In Kansas, 317,000 food stamp beneficiaries may have less to spend on food.

The cuts are the result of the expiration of benefits that were increased when the stimulus bill passed in 2009.

For a family of four receiving food stamps, the maximum monthly benefit will fall $36, from $668 to $632.

About 15 percent of Missourians get food stamps. It’s 11 percent in Kansas. Nationwide, 47.6 million food stamp recipients will see their benefits cut.

“The upcoming cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits will be significant and will have far-reaching impacts on low-income individuals and families,” said the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal group.

The average food stamp benefit is about $5 per day per person.

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