EUGENE, Ore. — Some people on food stamps are finding out they’ll see a reduction in benefits next month.
The Department of Human Services says in 2009 the SNAP program received additional funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but that money has now run out. It was designed to help people during the recession and to put money back into the economy by spending, but it’s since expired. Now, many SNAP recipients are wondering how much they’ll receive next month.
“This is a bad time of year to do something like this because of the holidays and stuff like this here coming up, and it’s going to make it tougher for Thanksgiving and Christmas and stuff because people got to take stuff from point A to point B,” said food stamp recipient Robert Dean.
The letter Dean received showed examples of what someone might receive next month, but there was no specific figure.
The Department of Human Services says they’re still figuring out the numbers, but it will likely be about a 7 or 8-percent cut.
SNAP recipients should receive a letter in the mail before Nov. 1 detailing how much they’ll receive.