TX SNAP Food Benefits to be reduced in November

TX SNAP Food Benefits to be reduced in November
Department of Health and Human Services
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POSTED: Friday, October 25, 2013 - 3:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 8, 2013 - 5:50pm

SNAP food benefits in Texas and across the nation will be reduced by an average of 5 percent beginning Nov. 1. This is because the temporary increase in benefits from the federal stimulus passed in 2009 is expiring. The amount of the drop will vary depending on the family's situation, and the largest monthly decrease will be no more than $11 a person.

The state has sent letters to families letting them know about the decrease in benefits.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus, was passed and signed into law in 2009. It increased SNAP amounts by 13.6 percent. The portion of that increase that was not absorbed by annual cost of living increases will expire Oct. 31.

SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funded by the federal government and administered by states. In Texas, about 3.5 million people receive SNAP food benefits totaling about $400 million per month. The amount of benefits is based on the family’s size and income, with an average benefit amount of about $285 per month. The benefits are put on a Lone Star Card which can be scanned like a credit card to buy food.

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HAHA!!! we Tea Ultra Conservatives, are not talking about the ones who need it,were mad that the state for allowing the drug users,the drunks, the trash who cant stop having kids, and for all others who think the government owes them. If a family really needs the help that is ok, but the FOOD STAMP program is being abused. TOO ALL WHO WISH TO PAY THEIR TAXES FOR THE ONES WHO ABUSE THE SYSTEM, GO AHEAD AND I WILL LET YOU PAY MY PART TOO.

The explosion of SNAP beneficiaries occurred not under the policies of president Obama. It was the policies of Bl the war criminal bush and the heartless scum Governor (good hair) Perry

THANK YOU, PAMELA!! A voice of truth and reason among those who have only moronic opinions, gut-level hatred for the president because he's Black, and who have only one brain cell that hones in on lies from faux noise, beck, hannity, rushbo, cruz, and all other right-of-right off-the-chart conservative evangelical gun worshiping lout-mouthed sewer rats. (If ketk can now let posters hurl filth and obscenities, my post is surely acceptable!) Keep posting the truth, Pamela!

Gail, you and Sheila Jackson belong to the same mean girl's club...presume neither of you had a shred of compassion for the woman in North Carolina who had one can of powdered formula left for her baby the day your slob tea swillers decided to cave and do the right thing for the country, for those who need food assistance just to feed their families...no matter the circumstances, the need is there...pray daily that neither of you EVER need gov't. assistance, and turn it down if if you ever do!

I agree Pete.
Texas is #1 in uninsured citizens. 25% of Texans are uninsured. We're also #1 in number of adults living below the poverty level.

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/09/18/texas-maintains-highest-uninsured...

We're also #1 in minimum wage jobs. 7.5% of the population.

http://www.bls.gov/ro6/fax/minwage_tx.htm

Compassionate conservatism at work. Notice they didn't cut corporate subsidies and tax abatement's by 5%.

IF YOU REALLY DESERVE FOOD STAMPS , IF YOU GOT LAYED OFF, THATS DIFFERENT , I AM TALKING ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE THAT ARE TOO LAZY TO USE BIRTH CONTROL AND WILL NOT WORK A 2ND JOB, THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT NEED TO BE CAUGHT, THEIR LAZY.... I WORKED 2-3 JOBS TO SUPPORT MY FAMILY AND I DID NOT ASK FOR HELP. BUT ALL THESE LAZY AND DECEIVING PEOPLE THAT LIE TO THE GOVERNMENT, NEED TO BE TAKEN OFF OF FOOD STAMPS, AND ALL THE WOMEN THAT SAY THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THEIR KIDS DADDIES ARE AND LIE TO GET FOOD

GAIL, I agree I'm tired of all the wining because their not getting enough food stamps the one abusing it need to work, but they can't because they are from family's that their mamas got welfare also, it is the mintality of most Americans now days THE GOVERNMENT will take care of me. Well I'm tired of my tax dollars paying for those who don't want to work. For all the people who will have a comment on what I say, here's too you, YOU BE HAPPY FOR THEM WHEN YOUR PAYING YOUR TAXS!!!!!!

I DON'T THINK ITS FAIR THAT THE GOVERNMENT KEEPS GIVING FOOD STAMPS TO FAMILIES THAT KEEP HAVING CHILDREN, INSTEAD OF USING BIRTH CONTROL. LIKE I READ SOMEWHERE ON THE INTERNET, THAT IF YOUR A FAMILY THAT BRINGS IN 45,000 A YEAR , YOU STILL QUALIFY FOR FOOD STAMPS IF YOU HAVE 4 OR MORE CHILDREN, WELL THATS NOT FAIR.. 45,000 IS A DECENT SALARY, SO EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO WORK 2 JOBS YOU DON'T NEED FOOD STAMPS IF YOU CAN'T STOP HAVING KIDS..... WE THE PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO PAY FOR IT FOR YOU. HELLO ,

Don't all you tea swilling ultra-conservative I/me/mine clowns feel so gosh darn smug about poor and undernourished Texans having even less $ to buy food? Doesn't it do your black hearts so much good to know that more families, because of conditions beyond their control, need access to food banks and generous church and civic groups to keep food on their tables? Send teddy cruz and gomer letters of appreciation...but God forbid any of YOU have to rely on food banks or food stamps...jerks!

You can also thank your president for making it so easy for system players and welfare rats to get a free check for doing nothing but sitting on their lazy butts and having kids like rabbits claiming that there is no father present. If you want to support these kinds of people then go and give them your money not ours. I would be willing to bet that about half the people getting benefits really deserve them, the rest are Obummers welfare nation, taught to be lazy and stealing from the poor.

Where do these figures come from? Have never gotten any help like this. We coupon, food stamp, chase sales, and save for food.

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