Food Benefits Will Be Reduced Starting November 1, 2013
Authored By: Northwest Justice Project
A law called The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 raised Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to help people affected by the recession. The increased benefits provided by this law expired. DSHS will send everyone who receives food benefits a letter in October with their new monthly benefit amount. At worst a one-person household will get about $12 less, a two-person household will get $20 less and a four-person household will get about $36 less. If the only reason your food benefits are less is because of this change, you do not have the right to a hearing. If you think your benefits are going down for other reasons as well, you can contact our CLEAR line at 1-888-201-1014 for advice. More information is available at http://foodhelp.wa.gov/24-423.pdf.