SNAP beneficiaries receiving less in November; affects 900,000 Alabamians

More than 900,000 Alabamians receiving food stamps will see a decrease in benefits for November.{} The reason for the decrease, according to the Alabama Department of Human Resources, is the expiration of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a federal stimulus program that went into effect in 2009. {}The reduction will be felt nationwide.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits depend on many factors such as income, size of the household, and expenses.{} The amount of the decrease is independent to each individual case.{} For example, a family of four receiving the maximum benefit of $668 will now receive $632.{} A single recipient receiving the maximum benefit of $200 will now receive $189.

Each family receiving benefits will be notified by mail of the exact amount of their benefits after the change.

State wide 913,774 people received benefits during the month of August, totaling more than $118 million.