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Food stamp benefits reduced as American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding expires

JONESBORO – Georgia’s Department of Human Services is reminding food stamp recipients that there will be a reduction in their monthly benefits, effective Nov. 1.

Spokeswoman Erica Williams said the reduction affects 36,833 households in Clayton County, which has a total of 85,087 individuals receiving the benefits.

She said the change is due to the expiration of funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The law provided a temporary boost in funding to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

The department of human services estimated an average of 1.9 million Georgians received food stamps monthly this past fiscal year, FY13.

This month’s funding cuts are expected to affect every Georgia household that receives food stamps, beginning with their November benefits.

Williams said affected clients are being notified by mail of the specific change to their benefits. She said the impact will vary for each recipient, depending upon household size and income with the average family experiencing a 5 percent change in their monthly allotment.