Food stamp benefits about to decline

Most Minnesotans who receive food stamps will see their benefits drop later this week.

In the 2009 stimulus, Congress increased the amount of money each household gets in food stamps. The temporary hike was intended to help those affected by the economic downturn. That hike expires Friday, Nov. 1.

The change will affect all Minnesotans who receive food stamps. For example, if no other circumstances change, a family of four will receive $36 less each month.

The state has notified everyone affected.

537,000 Minnesotans receive food stamps, which are officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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