State preps for reduction in food assistance

OLYMPIA — Washington state officials want low-income residents to be prepared for a reduction in food-assistance benefits.

The Department of Social and Health Services said Thursday that benefits will be reduced for more than one million residents at the beginning of November. That’s because of an expiration of a temporary increase in food benefits that began in April 2009 to help people impacted by the recession.

Officials say a family of three people receiving the maximum benefit will see a reduction from $526 per month to $497 per month.

David Stillman is the assistant secretary for the DSHS Economic Services Administration. He wants organizations that work with low-income residents to spread the word about the reductions so that people can prepare for them now.

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