SNAP benefits cut for half a million New Mexicans

Posted at: 11/01/2013 9:18 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Starting Nov. 1, some New Mexicans will have less food on the table.

People who depend on SNAP, better known as the food stamp program, will see a cut in federal help. This is a nationwide cut that starts Friday.

About half a million New Mexicans depend on the help.

Starting Friday, a family of four will see, on average, about $40 less on their EBT card a month. Before the cut, the benefits for a family of four lasted almost two and a half weeks.

The Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico told KOB Eyewitness News 4 that 49 percent of SNAP participants are children. Adults make up 45 percent of participants and 6 percent are elderly.

The cut is due because the stimulus package from 2009 that helped the program expired overnight.