People on food stamps have been receiving a little extra in their monthly payments thanks to the economic stimulus package passed in 2009.
But Friday, November 1, those extra benefits end.
The economic stimulus package increased food assistance benefits to help ease the hardship caused by the recession. But beginning Friday, the average SNAP recipient will experience a 5.4-percent decrease in benefits. The average family of four will see a drop of about $36 a month.
Food banks are bracing for even more requests for food. North Carolina has seen the percentage of its residents needing food assistance steadily increase over the past five years.