Food Stamp Cuts Go Into Effect on the Western Slope
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Food stamp benefits on the western slope will be cut starting November 1st.
The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act passed three years ago boosted food stamp benefits across the board but is now expiring.
Food stamps cost the U.S. about $20 billion in the year 2000, but this year they have a price tag of almost $80 billion, reports USA Today.
The number of people on food stamp benefits in Mesa County is quite large. Officials at the Department of Human services said 17,000 people receive food stamps in the area.
Mesa County said they have seen a trend in growing number of food stamp recipients since after the recession started in 2009.
Now the money they receive will be cut by about $11-$36 a month depending on the person.
“When you make $700 a month, $36 is a lot of money,” says Soup Kitchen Director at the Catholic Outreach Angela Walsh.
The Grand Valley Catholic Outreach said the cuts will be a burden on their efforts as more people are in need of food, but they still welcome all people in need of a warm meal.