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ARRA State News Release Template

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Starting in April 2009, the new law will increase benefits to 32.2 million The law recognizes additional needs by allowing States to extend SNAP

Template Press Release for States

    Draft #3 February 24, 2008

     STIMULUS LAW BOOSTS AID FOR STATES AND [SNAP] PARTICIPANTS

    [Insert State name] to receive $$ in its share of stimulus spending

    or

     [Insert name of program] recipients to get increase in benefits

    [Insert City], Date XX, 2009 The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the stimulus or recovery package, will increase benefits for the recipients of [insert name of State

    Program] and provide nearly $300 million to help States administer the Supplemental Nutrition

    Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program .

Starting in April 2009, the new law will increase benefits to 32.2 million recipients in the program

    nationwide. For example, most four-person households will receive an $80 increase in their monthly

    SNAP allotment. Clients do not have to do anything to receive these additional benefits. The additional

    funds will be added to their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards automatically for clients to use to

    purchase food at their local stores. The amount of increase varies by the household size. (See chart

    below.) The law recognizes additional needs by allowing States to extend SNAP benefits to more jobless

    adults without regard to the current 3-month time limit.

In addition, [insert name of State] will receive [amount] to assist with administration of SNAP during this

    time of rising caseloads.

[Quote from State official]

I am proud to announce that just weeks after passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,

    significant new resources for nutrition assistance are being provided to millions of families,” said Secretary Tom Vilsack. This new funding will put more healthy food within reach for millions of Americans and provide a substantial boost to local economies. In fact, every $5 in new SNAP benefits

    generates $9.20 in total economic activity. I look forward to working with our State and local partners to

    ensure successful implementation of the SNAP resources in the Recovery Act,” said Secretary Tom

    Vilsack.

Template Press Release for States

    Draft #3 February 24, 2008

As of October 1, 2008, SNAP is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program. The new name

    reflects a greater focus on nutrition for low income households. SNAP, administered by USDA's Food

    and Nutrition Service, is the cornerstone of federal nutrition assistance programs, serving 32.2 million

    people nationwide each month. In [insert State] XX people currently participate in the program.

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Monthly Benefit Increase Number of Increase Persons in In Benefit Household

    1 $24

    2 $44

     3 $63

     4 $80

     5 $95

     6 $114

     7 $126

     8 $144 Each additional person adds $18

** The above chart shows the additional amount most households will receive in the 48

    contiguous states and the District of Columbia. For information on Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, and

    the Virgin Islands benefit rates please visit www.fns.usda.gov/snap

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