Food Stamp Cuts to Hit Families Before Holidays

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Millions of Americans could be the worse impacted during the holiday season when food stamp benefits get reduced in November, which could be just the start of deeper cuts to the program to feed poor families. The scale back for all recipients on Nov. 1 is due to an expiration of a recession-era boost in benefits. Lawmakers are now considering billions of dollars in cuts to the overall Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which now serves more than 23 million households or nearly 48 million people, according to the most recent government data through June. The average monthly benefit is about $275 per household, according to the USDA. The reduction will depend on each individual recipient's situation, but a family of four will likely receive $36 less, according to the USDA.

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