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NC families to see federally-mandated changes in FNS benefits over next month

DHHS warns FNS recipients to prepare for possible benefit decrease

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 27, 2013

Raleigh, N.C. - Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefit recipients will see two federally-mandated changes in their benefit amounts during October and November, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that supervises the program in North Carolina.

On October 1, most households may see a slight increase in their benefits due to a federal cost-of-living adjustment mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for FNS benefits.

On November 1, all households will see their FNS benefits decrease due to another federal change when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) expires. This act temporarily increased benefits in 2009. When it expires, on November 1, the average household of four is projected to see a decrease of $36 per month. This cut will affect all 47 million recipients across the nation.

The November federal adjustment will also reduce benefits for households who receive Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) allotments.

In the case of the ARRA sunset, a household is not able to appeal the change due to the decrease in benefits because it is the result of a change in federal law. FNS clients can check their FNS balances as posted on their last grocery receipt or by calling the toll-free number on the back of their EBT card.

Notice was sent to county Departments of Social Services on September 5, 2013, and a copy of that notice is available by clicking here. Notices have been posted in both English and Spanish in all 100 county departments of social services. This notice has also been sent to food banks across the state as well as other community partners.


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