Despite having a lower unemployment rate than the rest of the country, Oklahoma now has a record number of residents enrolled in the food stamp program, known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
Approximately 637,434 Oklahomans received SNAP benefits in September, which is nearly 8,500 more than the previous record set in August.
That means 16.7% of Oklahomans are on food stamps – 1 out of every 6 people.
Oklahoma’s unemployment rate is 5.3%, compared to 7.3% for the U.S.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) reductions are set to occur on November 1.
At the height of the recession in 2009, increases were put into place to help feed more people.
Those increases will expire October 31, and benefits will go back to 2009 levels.
That means a family of four with no income would see their benefits decrease by $36 a month, or lose an equivalent of 21 meals per month.