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Oct 31, 2013

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The Kansas City Star
Nearly 1 million Missouri and Kansas residents will see their food stamp benefits go down starting Friday, just as Congress has begun negotiations on further cuts to the program.

About 15 percent of Missourians, or 933,000, get food stamps. About 11 percent of Kansans, or about 317,000 residents, are affected.

Nationwide, 47.6 million food stamp recipients will see their benefits cut.

The cuts are a result of the expiration of benefits that were increased when the stimulus bill passed in 2009.

For a family of four receiving food stamps, the maximum monthly benefit will fall $36, from $668 to $632.

“The upcoming cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits will be significant and will have far-reaching impacts on low-income individuals and families,” said the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal group.

The benefits, which go to one in seven Americans, fluctuate based on factors that include food prices, inflation and income. The rolls swelled as the economy struggled in recent years, with the stimulus providing higher benefits and many people signing up for the first time.