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In November 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 clients can expect changes in their benefit amounts during the fall of 2013. First, benefits will increase slightly for many households in October with the cost of living calculation. This is an adjustment that happens every year at this time. Then, most families will see their benefits decrease in November due to the end of the increase in benefits provided by ARRA.
For example, if there were no other changes to household circumstances, a family of four with no income would likely see their monthly benefits decrease by about $36 in November 2013 (see table below). While the November decrease will affect all households, every household is different. The amount of a household’s SNAP benefit depends on many things like income, household size and expenses.
|SNAP Maximum Monthly Benefit Levels|
|Household Size||October 2013||November 2013||Difference|
Use the online calculator to enter information to get an estimate of how your SNAP benefits may change in November. This calculator only provides an estimate, not a precise benefit amount.
Unexpected day-to-day circumstances can put any family in a vulnerable situation, and DTA understands that this benefit cut will hurt low-income families. Each underlined item on this page is a link with important information to assist you during this time. Several resources are available on the USDA website.
It may be possible to increase your SNAP benefits if you tell your case manager about certain expenses. To learn more, see SNAP Deductions .
If you are 60 years of age or older or you are disabled, DTA’s Medical Deduction Brochure
will help you to identify expenses that may be deducted from your countable income and increase your SNAP benefits. The Medical Expense Screening Form
may also assist you.
To speak with a DTA staff person about the ARRA decrease, call 1-800-445-6604.
Watch this video clip about SNAP benefit changes. Video Text
Vea usted este videoclip sobre los cambios de los beneficios SNAP (Spanish). Texto de video