NH DHHS Announces Changes in Food Stamp Benefits

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) Division of Family Assistance (DFA) is announcing upcoming changes

to Food Stamp (FS) benefits. Recipients will see two changes in their

benefits this fall. On October 1, benefits increase slightly for most

households to reflect the costs of living. However, on November 1, most

families will see a decrease in their benefits as that’s when extra funds

provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 will

expire.



“We are reaching out to all our clients that receive food stamp benefits so

that they are aware of the changes and understand how this will affect

them,” said DFA Director Terry Smith. “Every October the federal

government adjusts food stamp benefits to reflect changes in the costs of

living, what’s different this year are the decrease a month later.”



The chart below is an example of how benefits will change. Note that it is

for maximum benefits, whereas the amount of FS benefits each eligible

household receives varies depending on various criteria, such as income,

household size and expenses. For example, on November 1, a family of four

with no income and no other changes to their case will see a decrease in

their monthly benefits of $36.





Food Stamp Maximum Monthly Benefit Levels



Household | October 1, | November 1, | Difference

Size            | 2013         | 2013             |

--------------+--------------+----------------+------------

1 | $200 | $189 | -$11

--------------+--------------+----------------+------------

2 | $367 | $347 | -$20

--------------+--------------+----------------+------------

3 | $526 | $497 | -$29

--------------+--------------+----------------+------------

4 | $668 | $632 | -$36

--------------+--------------+----------------+------------

5 | $793 | $750 | -$43

--------------+--------------+----------------+------------

6 | $952 | $900 | -$52

--------------+--------------+----------------+------------

7 | $1,052 | $995 | -$57

--------------+--------------+----------------+------------

8 | $1,202 | $1,137 | -$65

--------------+--------------+----------------+------------

Each | $150 | $142 | -$8

additional | | |

person | | |



For resources to purchase healthy food on a budget visit the UNH

Cooperative Extension website:

http://extension.unh.edu/Food-Health/Nutrition-Education, or the NH Food

Bank’s Cooking Matters program at:

http://www.nhfoodbank.org/Cooking-Matters.aspx.



In New Hampshire 55,041 households currently participate in the FS program.