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Food Stamp Program to be cut in November


OKLAHOMA CITY — Nearly 16 percent of Oklahomans who receive help from the government’s food stamp program, known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), will soon find it harder to put food on the table.

622,166 Oklahomans received SNAP benefits in July. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services said Monday the SNAP program is being cut an estimated $5 billion in fiscal year 2014.

Starting November 1st, that cut will translate to a $66 million loss for Oklahomans.

Money earmarked for the program from the federal government’s 2009 economic stimulus plan will run out October 31st.

At that time, DHS said each Oklahoman using SNAP will only receive about $1.40 per meal, per day. That’s the equivalent of a family of four losing 21 meals per month.

A major hardship to one young mom, who says she may have to get a second job in November.

“It’ll hurt, because then I’ll have to (pay) out of pocket, which is worse,” Yakira Houston said Monday at an Oklahoma City grocery store. “You have bills and (my kids) are going to need clothes and things. So it’ll hurt.”

DHS said the SNAP program has never experienced a reduction in benefit levels that affects everyone.

For a link to the USDA’s website on how to eat right when money’s tight, visit here.