OLYMPIA – Food assistance benefits through the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be reduced for more than a million Washington residents on Nov. 1, following the October 31 expiration of the federal government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
A family of three receiving the maximum benefit amount will see a reduction of $29 a month from $526 to $497.
A temporary increase in the food benefits – known as Basic Food in Washington state — began in April 2009 to help people affected by the Great Recession and to help stimulate local economies.
“The temporary increase in benefits that was included in the federal stimulus bill has helped many people with basic food needs during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression,” said David Stillman, assistant secretary for the DSHS Economic Services Administration. “We ask organizations and groups that work with low-income individuals and families to help spread the word about the coming reduction so that people can begin now to plan and prepare for it.”
To find a food bank for help with food, go to www.agr.wa.gov/FoodProg/Map/