Families struggle after food stamp benefits cut by $5 billion

Families struggle after food stamp benefits cut by $5 billion

Starting Friday, families receiving food stamp benefits will see a cut after a temporary increase expires.

Enrollment in food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has soared. Some 47.6 million people, or nearly 15% of the population, get them, according to September federal data. That compares to 26.3 million, or 8.7% of the population, in 2007.

The average benefit per person is $133.19 a month.

With over 47 million people facing a sparse holiday season and no new employment in sight in many areas, unrest is a potential problem. As we saw in October when the debit system that allows people on government assistance to buy food temporarily malfunctioned, stores were ransacked in Springhill and Mansfield, LA:

Source: CNN Money

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