Changes coming to food and nutrition benefits

Sep. 29, 2013 @ 11:18 AM

In October and November, those receiving food and nutrition services (FNS) will see changes to their benefits.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said in a press release two federally-mandated changes will take hold over the next two months.

Rutherford County has 7,526 families who are receiving FNS benefits.

Oct. 1, most households will see a slight increase in their benefits because of a federal cost-of-living adjustment mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The second change will occur on Nov. 1 when all households receiving FNS benefits will experience a decrease in their benefits because of the expiration of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). ARRA provided a temporary increase in FNS benefits in 2009.

According to DHHS, a family of four is projected to have an decrease of $36 per month because of the expiration. The cut will impact 47 million recipients in the United States, according to the release.

Additionally, the November adjustment will reduce benefits for households receiving Simplified Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

DHHS said the November decline in benefits is not subject to appeal because it is a result in a change of federal law.