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SNAP Benefits Decreasing Today
In 2009, the federal government passed a Recovery Act to temporarily boost the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits due to the economic turmoil that swept the country. Today, Nov. 1, 2013, that extra federal boost ends.
This means every household that receives food stamps will experience a decrease in benefits - how much depends on the size and income of each family. This will take action for the food stamps issued in November.
Today, SNAP covers about 1.9 million people in Georgia alone. About 890,000 people were added to the SNAP benefits since the Recovery Act passed in 2009. Senator Saxby Chambliss and Rep. Austin Scott are part of a Congressional group working to find a solution to this decrease in funding.
For specifics on the reductions for your personal family, call the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) at 1-877-423-4746.
Here are some local food banks and charities that should also be able to provide further help:
- Atlanta Community Food Bank
- Food Bank of Northeast Georgia
- Golden Harvest Food Bank in Augusta
- Feeding the Valley in West Georgia
- Middle Georgia Community Food Bank
- America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia in Savannah
- Second Harvest of South Georgia in Valdosta
- Chattanooga Area Food Bank
Photo Courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture
About the Author
Bethany McDaniel is a content specialist for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.