Effective Thursday, food stamp benefits to 900 thousand veterans and five thousand active duty troops are being cut.
In 2009 the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP, was given a boost as part of the Obama administrations stimulus bill. But on Thursday that additional funding will come to an end. That will result in a seven percent reduction in what is already a modest benefit that will amount to about $10 per person per month.
Two states that will be impacted the most will be Florida and Texas who each have more than 100 thousand veterans receiving SNAP benefits. Louisiana is home to 29 thousand veterans who rely on SNAP.
All together the SNAP program costs $80 billion a year and provides food stamp benefits to 14 percent of all US households. That works out to 48 million Americans.
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