Okla. DHS warns of pending cuts to food program

September 19, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is warning Oklahomans who receive food benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — or SNAP — that cuts are coming on Nov. 1.

The SNAP program was formerly known as Food Stamps and its benefits were increased in 2009 under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help offset the recession.

The increased benefits will expire Oct. 31.

DHS says the effect on individual households will vary — but a family of four with no income and no other changes to their case will see a decline in monthly food benefits of $36.

A record of 628,956 Oklahomans received SNAP benefits in August.