November 1st, individuals receiving SNAP, formerly Food Stamps, will see a decrease in their monthly benefit from the program. SNAP was given a temporary boost in funding starting in 2009 as part of the stimulus package in an effort to boost the economy. This created an increase in the available benefit for individuals and families receiving help from the program.
Fuel increases can create a situation for families who live in areas where winter brings on cold weather bringing on choices between food and heating fuel. This decrease will cause many Americans to have to make these choices.
Many people say the stimulus was brought on at the wrong time. We are currently in a position where we have just seen a government shut down and may see one again soon. The economy is still on a bit of a downturn and many people are still losing their jobs, have lost their unemployment benefits or are about to lose them. While the stimulus helped in the moment, it might have been better for it to be put into effect later in time.
While the stimulus was always meant to be temporary, it seems like this end in funding is coming at a bad time.