Food Stamp Benefits Set To Decrease In November

Sep 25, 2013

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  Most New Hampshire families receiving food stamps will see a drop in benefits later this year.

The state’s Division of Family Assistance Director Terry Smith says the decrease is due to federal stimulus funding that is set to expire.

“The size of a food stamp allotment is about, at its maximum level, is about $5.80 per day. As of November 1, that rate is going to drop to $5.40 per day per person.”

The Department of Health and Human Services is working to inform benefit recipients about the changes.

Smith says there may be confusion, as an annual cost-of-living adjustment will lead to a slight increase in October, before the drop the following month.

As of January, approximately 58,000 families in New Hampshire were receiving food stamp benefits.

That’s up from about 32,000 families in June of 2008.