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Food stamp recipients to see benefit drop this week

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Oh, snap. Minnesotans who receive food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see a drop in benefits this week.

MPR reports that Congress increased the amount of money each household gets in food stamps as part of the 2009 stimulus. The temporary hike was intended to help families affected by the economic downturn. That hike expires Friday, Nov. 1.

The change means that a family of four will receive $36 less each month. The report said that 537,000 Minnesotans receive food stamps.

The Kenosha, Wis. News reports that benefits will be cut for 855,000 people in Wisconsin. The story said that in Wisconsin, one out of every seven people, or about 15 percent of the population, gets SNAP, including 376,000 children.

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