Oklahomans see cuts in food stamp benefits; $5B. More cuts to follow
OKLAHOMA CITY – Millions of Americans who rely on food stamps will see a change in benefits soon.
More than 47 million people currently receive food stamps.
The average benefit per person now stands at a little over $133 per month.
That amount will be reduced.
The cuts add up to about $5 billion.
Congress can halt the decision.
However, experts say it’s highly unlikely at a time when Republicans are calling for even more drastic cuts to food stamps.
Food stamps benefits were bumped up in the midst of the recession. The temporary provision expires Nov. 1.
As families have struggled during this recession and also the slow economic recovery, enrollment has soared in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Some 47.6 million people, or nearly 15 percent of the population, get food stamps, according to September federal data.
That compares to 26.3 million, or 8.7 percent of the population, in 2007.