Food Stamps will decrease in monetary value beginning in November, according to a Washington Post report released Thursday. The amount of the Food Stamps were temporarily increased by Congress in 2009 in the federal stimulus bill, but temporary increases are now ending.
Using Louisiana as a measure of data regarding the food stamp reduction, the amount of the reduction a person or family will experience depends on the number of people living in the household and whether the family has currently been getting the maximum food stamp monetary amount permitted under the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) law. Reportedly, the dollar range in cuts is from an $11 cut per month for a one-person household getting the current maximum allowed to a $43 cut per month for a household with five persons. Basically, that is about a 5 percent reduction in food assistance.
States cannot prevent or change the reduction in benefits as it is a federal law applied to all states. The report also says that further reductions are currently being proposed in Congress in its effort to cut the spending in the federal government.
Forty-eight million Americans will have their Food Stamp values reduced.