Food banks seeing rush on supplemental food after stimulus runs out on SNAP benefits
Lighthouse Ministries director Cecelia Meggs takes stock of the organization's small food pantry they use to help tide clients over when they're not getting enough to eat on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2013. With a rush on food assistance this month due to a reduction in food stamp benefits the reserves are dwindling.
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BY THE NUMBERS
>> 47 million: People receiving food stamps nationwide
>> 874,756: People enrolled in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) on average each month in fiscal year 2013 in South Carolina
>> $1.38 billion: Total SNAP benefits distributed in fiscal year 2013 in South Carolina
>> $115.3 million: SNAP benefits distributed in October in South Carolina
>> $13.6 million: SNAP benefits distributed in October in the Pee Dee
>> 105,638: People enrolled in SNAP in October in the Pee Dee
>> 34,193: People enrolled in SNAP in October in Florence
Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013 9:00 pm
FLORENCE, S.C. — Across the nation, some families that have the least are having to tighten their belts even more this month because food stamp benefits have been reduced across the board.
Nov. 1 marked the sunset of federal stimulus legislation that gave every Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP) enrollee — approximately 47 million people, or one in seven Americans — a temporary boost that was a result of the lagging economy in 2009.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013 9:00 pm.