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October 8, 2013

Food stamp benefits decreasing next month

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana hunger relief advocates are warning the state's more than 900,000 food stamp households that their benefits will decrease next month.

The statewide food bank group Feeding Indiana's Hungry Inc. says extra benefits provided by the 2009 federal stimulus law expire Nov. 1. The change is not related to the current federal government shutdown.

Benefits will decrease by about 5 percent, or by about a nickel on ever dollar. That means the maximum benefit of $668 now received by a household of four will fall by $36 to $632. For single-person households, maximum monthly benefits will fall from $200 to $189.

The Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration is expected to inform food stamp recipients of the change before the November decrease.

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