SNAP benefits to increase in October, decrease in November | Health
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The program that administers food stamps is about to undergo major changes within one month.
The South Carolina Department of Social Services says on October 1st, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will be adjusted to reflect cost of living changes. SNAP benefits will increase.
But on November 1st, a temporary increase in SNAP benefits provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, known commonly as the stimulus package, is scheduled to expire, meaning benefits will decrease. During the recession, the ARA increased the maximum SNAP allotment to provide larger benefit allotments to clients.
Changes to benefits vary based on income, household size and expenses.
State officials say cost of living adjustments are done every year and states must make adjustments to SNAP benefits every October 1st.
Those whose SNAP benefits will chage will be notified by mail. To check the balance of SNAP benefits:
- • Check the SNAP balance on your last grocery receipt
- • Check SNAP on the internet; sign in at https://www.ebtaccount.jpmorgan.com/.
- • Call the toll-free number on the back of your EBT card
You cannot appeal a change mandated by federal law. Therefore, you are not entitled to a fair hearing as a result of the SNAP reduction by the federal government.
Families who need help preparing healthy meals on a low budget can access these online resources:
• 10-Tips Nutrition Series http://www.choosemyplate.gov/healthy-eating-tips/ten-tips.html
• ChooseMyPlate.gov http://www.choosemyplate.gov/
• Plan, Compare and Prepare http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/03/28/healthy-eating-on-a-budget/
• Eat Right When Money’s Tight http://snap.nal.usda.gov/resource-library/eat-right-when moneys-tight
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