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Families Face Food Stamp Cuts

Federal food stamp funding is set to be cut by $5 billion Friday, which will affect thousands of families in Western North Carolina.

Rutherford County DSS says the federal government is calling the cuts a mass change and will not send mailings to households that are going to be affected. More than 7,500 families will be impacted in Rutherford County, that is approximately 15% of the population over 18.

The cuts will depend on the number of people in the household. Food stamps for a single-person home will be cut by $11 each month, the allotment for a household of four will decrease by $36.

There are 773,720 food stamp recipients in North Carolina. 

The federal money pumped money in the Supplemental Nutrition Assitance Program (SNAP) through the federal stimulus package, which was passed in 2009. The funding was designed to be temporary and will expire Friday.

For more information on who will be affected, click here.


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