BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Food stamp recipients will soon see some changes to their benefit amounts in coming months, with an increase in October followed by a decrease in November.
The program's annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will provide an increase in the amount of benefits program recipients see, effective Oct. 1.
Next, reductions will follow, a result of the loss of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was put in place in 2009. The part of the law that allowed increases was limited to five years, expiring Nov. 1, 2013. The decision for the reduction is based solely on federal requirements, and the local office has no control over the amount of reductions.