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Minnesotans relying on food stamps, shelves will receive extra help from stimulus package


January 4, 2021

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Richard Lewis, a Minneapolis veteran, has seen his monthly food stamp allocation plunge from $120 to $15 without notice. Since October, he's been receiving around $180.

Nearly a half-million Minnesotans on food stamps will see a bump in their benefits starting in February as part of the $13 billion earmarked for food assistance in the latest federal COVID-19 relief package.

The $900 billion stimulus includes a 15% hike in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - also known as food stamps - through June that state officials say won't take effect until next month.

Even so, Richard Lewis thinks food stamps are like chickens: Don't count them before they hatch.


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