WASHINGTON, D.C.–You could lose some of your monthly SNAP benefits if America falls off the “Food Stamp Cliff”. What that is, an expiration of extra money provided by the federal government to the SNAP program as part of the 2009 stimulus.
There is an effort to delay it for one year, though, meaning there would be no cuts on Nov. 1, which is Friday. But, it’s a race against the clock. D.C. Democrats say the loss of any food stamp benefits would aggravate the problem of hunger and negatively affect the economy.
If the “Extend Not Cut SNAP Benefits Act” is not passed, your monthly benefit for a single person will drop from $200 to $189, a total of 11 bucks.
As Congress begins considering a new Farm Bill, you’ll recall that that legislation is where SNAP was until this year, when they passed a temporary measure that did not include food stamps.
About one in four Mississippians get SNAP. That’s one of the highest numbers in the country.