NC DHHS: Prepare For Food Benefits Decrease

11:09 AM, Sep 27, 2013   |    comments
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A report from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) says North Carolinians receiving Food and Nutrition Services benefits will see changes in October and November.

DHHS says most households will likely have an increase in their benefits Oct. 1 because of a federal cost-of-living adjustment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

However, benefits for all households will decrease starting Nov. 1, according to the report. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) temporarily increased benefits in 2009. It expires Nov. 1. The average household of four will likely see a decrease of $36 each month. DHHS estimates the changes will affect 47 million recipients across the country.

The change in November will also affect people who receive Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program benefits.

Recipients will not be able to appeal decreases from the ARRA change because it is the result of a change in federal law, according to DHHS. 

Visit DHHS' website for more information.

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