Cuts on the table for Kentucky food stamp recipients

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentuckians who rely on government benefits to buy groceries will have less money to spend beginning November 1.

Time is running out on the 2009 Recovery Act's temporary boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits which are commonly known as food stamps. More 875,000 Kentuckians participated in the program in May, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the cuts would likely translate into $29 less a month for a family of three and $36 less a month for a family of four.

The total cuts are estimated to save the government $5 billion in fiscal year 2014.

Efforts to extend the stimulus beyond its November 1 ending have stalled in Congress.

"It seems unlikely that Congress will enact legislation to remedy this problem, as President Obama and some members of Congress have proposed," reads a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. "Consequently, states need to prepare for the benefit cuts - including determining how they will provide information about the upcoming benefit reduction to participating households and other stakeholders as well as how to manage increased client inquiries when the cut takes effect."


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