SNAP Benefits Decrease Today

UNDATED - Back in 2009, the federal government increased Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or SNAP – benefits by 13-percent to help those in need during the recession. That was a temporary increase, and the benefit goes back to pre-recession levels effective today. U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon says every person receiving the benefit will see a decreased amount. Individuals receiving the benefit will notice about an $11 drop in their monthly benefit, while a family of four will see about a $36 reduction. The total amount cut to the state of Nebraska totals about $18-million. About 180,000 Nebraskans – or 10-percent of the population – receive SNAP benefits.