People getting benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, may see their payments decrease after Friday, November 1.
The South Carolina Department of Social Services reports that an increase in food stamp benefits provided by the 2009 federal stimulus package stimulus expired Thursday October 31.
Congress has not voted to extend the stimulus funding, so food stamp recipients will see a drop in the amount of their monthly benefits. DSS says people whose benefits are affected should have been notified by mail. As of September, nearly 900,000 South Carolina residents, representing nearly 420,000 households, receive more than $115 million in food stamp benefits.