Louisiana food stamp benefits to drop for some in 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - 86,250 Louisiana households will get less S.N.A.P. benefits per month in 2018.

The monthly food stamp reduction is only coming to people who will be getting an increase in another benefit.

The federal cost-of-living adjustment will result in a 2 percent increase in monthly Social Security Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income and Veterans Administration benefits. The increase in income will affect eligibility and federal benefits for Louisiana households.

The Department of Children and Family Services said, in the end, the increase in income outweighs the reduction in any other benefits, so the household still sees an increase overall.

"If your income increases by three dollars, you'll have a one dollar decrease in S.N.A.P." DCFS Deputy Assistant Secretary Sammy Guillory said.

The amount of change differs by household. For more information, call DCFS at 1-888-LAHELP-U, email LAHelpU.DCFS@la.gov or visit the department's website here.

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