Food Stamp Cut Takes Effect

People living in poverty could find it harder to pay the grocery bill this month as an across-the-board 5.5 percent cut in food stamps takes effect. Benefits are being scaled back because of the expiration of a temporary boost passed by Congress in 2009 to help people during the recession.

As of last month, 905,311 Missourians received food stamps. The program covers families with gross incomes of no more than 130 percent of the federal poverty level, or $30,615 for a family of four. The chairman of the hunger task force for the Missouri Association for Social Welfare said the average food stamp allotment for a family of four in Missouri is about $360 a month. The cut means roughly $20 less for groceries for such families. Food pantries expect to feel the cut, too.

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