April 1, 2009—Beginning today, low-income Washingtonians who rely on the Basic Food Program (food stamps) to feed themselves and their children will see those benefits go a little further.
Thanks to the federal stimulus law, the maximum monthly food benefit will go up by 13.6 percent, roughly $20 to $24 per person per month for most families.
This help is welcome news for the growing number of Washington families struggling to meet their most basic needs. Over the next year, an estimated 40,000 more children will slip into poverty; these expanded benefits will help ensure that they don’t go hungry. More than 75 percent of all food stamp participants are in families with children.