About the November 1 SNAP/Food Stamp Benefit Reduction

Resource materials:

Food Research and Action Center
Flyer (pdf)

D.C. Hunger Solutions
ARRA Benefit Decrease web page

Association of Arizona Food Banks
Flyer (pdf)

California Association of Food Banks
Resources and materials

Children’s Alliance, Washington State
Flyer/Fact Sheet (pdf)

Feeding America San Diego
CalFresh cuts information

Hunger Free Vermont
Flyer (pdf); FAQ (pdf); Video

Hunger Solutions NY
Flyer (pdf); Policy update (pdf)

Legal Services in New Jersey
Flyer (pdf)

Massachusetts Department of
Transitional Assistance

Materials

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Information and materials

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
Resources

On November 1, 2013, the SNAP/Food Stamp benefit boost created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ends. Federal law requires a decrease in monthly benefits for everyone getting benefits. The reduction takes effect on November 1, 2013.

The reduction is about 5.5 percent of the maximum allotment, so the amount of the decrease depends on the household size. For example:

Household Size Monthly Benefits Lost
1 person – $11
2 people – $20
3 people – $29
4 people – $36

People getting the minimum benefit will see only a decrease of $1, from $16 to $15.

Anti-hunger advocates have created materials to help outreach workers communicate to clients how their benefits will change, and how reexamining their expenses for dependent care (and excess medical care if elderly) might result in higher deductions and higher SNAP allotments. See box on this page for links to materials.

Is there any way to increase SNAP benefits?
Make sure all allowable deductions are being claimed. The amount of deductions from income helps determine how large a SNAP benefit is, and often allowable deductions haven’t all been counted by the SNAP agency. For example:
Medical Expenses: If someone in a SNAP household is age 60 or older or has a disability, the SNAP benefit may go up if information about all out-of-pocket medical costs, such as insurance premiums, copayments, medical equipment, and transportation to and from providers is provided.
Child Care Expenses: If a recipient pays for child or adult day care in order to work, look for work, or attend school, the SNAP benefit may go up if they show the SNAP agency all their out-of-pocket costs, including fees, co-pays, afterschool care, and transportation.

What Other Help Might Be Available?

School Meals and Other Resources: A recipient, or someone in a recipient’s household, may qualify for free or reduced price school meals, afterschool meals, WIC, emergency food assistance, or home delivered meals.