DHS News November 2013
SNAP Reductions Take Effect
Agencies and nonprofits are disseminating information about
cutbacks that took effect in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(SNAP) on Nov. 1.
The state Department of Public Welfare has posted a chart
indicating reductions SNAP recipients can expect. It can be viewed here.
The state also has been notifying current SNAP
recipients by mail of changes in benefits. The reductions range from $11 for a
single person household to $65 for a household of eight people. The
decrease resulted from the expiration of the 2009
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The DPW webpage also gives tips
for stretching available dollars for food, including ChooseMyPlate.Gov and the Healthy Eating on a Budget blog. Consumers can check EBT card balances by calling 1-888-EBT-PENN and for general
information, can call the state DPW hot line at 1-800-692-7462.
The SNAP decrease occurs as the Greater Pittsburgh
Community Food Bank begins its holiday donation drive. Donation boxes have been
set up at the County Office Building, Grant Street, at Kane Regional Centers
and in the lobby of the Human Services Building, One Smithfield St.
Most-needed items include high-fiber and low-sugar cereals;
tuna and salmon packed in water; 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice; canned
beans or vegetables; peanut butter; toilet and facial tissue; laundry
detergent; and diapers. For more information, please visit the food bank website.
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