SNAP Benefit Reduced

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Department of Social Services says nearly 225,000 Connecticut households will see a reduction in their food stamp benefits.

On average, households will see a drop of about $17 in November. DSS said Friday that the specific benefit reduction will depend on several factors, including household size, income and expenses.

Benefits provided under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, are dropping because a temporary benefit boost from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is expiring.
DSS said the expiration of the federal stimulus funds comes a month after recipients received a cost-of-living increase. However, families and individuals will still see an overall net reduction in their November benefits. DSS said it has notified recipients about the benefit change for November.

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