Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits decreased for all Oklahomans on Friday. The decrease was triggered by the expiration of the federal stimulus package, which called for increased benefits starting in 2009. As a result of the stimulus expiration, a family of four with no income will now receive $36, or 5.4 percent, less each month in SNAP benefits.
by the numbers
• 629,000 Oklahomans received SNAP benefits in August
• 637,400 Oklahomans received such benefits in September, an increase of nearly 8,500 over the previous month
• 40 percent of Oklahomans receiving SNAP benefits are wage earners
• 44 percent of Oklahomans receiving such benefits are children
• About 96,000 of the households receiving food stamps have at least one person who lives there that is elderly and/or disabled.
• 290,000 households in Oklahoma receive SNAP benefits
SOURCE: OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT
OF HUMAN SERVICES