Illinois food stamp benefits to decrease

News-DemocratOctober 28, 2013 

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Illinois food stamp recipients will see a decrease in their benefits next month.

A temporary federal increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will expire Nov. 1, according to the Illinois Department of Human Services. The federal increase went in to effect in 2009.

Recipients can find out how much their monthly benefits will be in November by calling the number on the back of the Illinois Link card or the IDHS automated help line at 800-843-6154.

While the benefits amount varies by household, expenses and income, on average, a family of four will see a $36 decrease in their food stamp funds.

In Illinois, more than two million people participate in the food stamp program, which is managed and funded by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by IDHS.

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