Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Family Assistance (DFA) is announcing upcoming changes to Food Stamp (FS) benefits. Recipients will see two changes in their benefits this fall. On October 1, benefits increase slightly for most households to reflect the costs of living. However, on November 1, most families will see a decrease in their benefits as that’s when extra funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 will expire.
“We are reaching out to all our clients that receive food stamp benefits so that they are aware of the changes and understand how this will affect them,” said DFA Director Terry Smith. “Every October the federal government adjusts food stamp benefits to reflect changes in the costs of living, what’s different this year are the decrease a month later.”
The chart below is an example of how benefits will change. Note that it is for maximum benefits, whereas the amount of FS benefits each eligible household receives varies depending on various criteria, such as income, household size and expenses. For example, on November 1, a family of four with no income and no other changes to their case will see a decrease in their monthly benefits of $36.
|Household Size||October 1, 2013||November 1, 2013||Difference|
Each additional person
For resources to purchase healthy food on a budget visit the UNH Cooperative Extension website: http://extension.unh.edu/Food-Health/Nutrition-Education, or the NH Food Bank’s Cooking Matters program at: http://www.nhfoodbank.org/Cooking-Matters.aspx.
In New Hampshire 55,041 households currently participate in the FS program.