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Food benefits slashed

Posted on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

Nearly 25 percent of Richmond County’s population will be losing part of a helping hand in putting food on the table.

On Friday, Nov. 1, a temporary boost to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) provided by the 2009 Recovery Act expired, shearing federal food stamp spending by billions of dollars over the coming year with further cuts pending.

According to Claudette Henderson, Director of Richmond County Social Services,  Virginia families will see a slash in SNAP benefits by roughly $11 per month for a household of one. Virginia News Connection reported that families of four receiving SNAP benefits would lose $36 in monthly spending on food products.

Henderson said that the coupling of the reduction in SNAP benefits with rising food costs will greatly impact the ability of low-income households to provide nutritious, complete meals for their families.

Based on the county profile compiled at the end of fiscal year 2012 and provided by Henderson, 2,144 Richmond County citizens, or 23 percent of the county population, receive SNAP benefits.

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