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 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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