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SNAP helps 1,637 people in Stutsman

As of September, 937 households in Stutsman County were participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, said Heather Steffl, public information manager for the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

Within those 937 households were 1,637 individuals, she said.

SNAP benefits will be reduced in all households starting today, due to the end of the program’s federal stimulus package from the Recovery Act in 2009.

Nationally, estimated reductions are $11 per month for a household of one person, $20 per month for a household of two and $29 per month for a household of three, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Steffl said.

On average, a household’s benefit was $277 per month, she said.

All households receiving reductions were notified by local officials, Steffl said. Although benefits are being reduced, no one is being cut from the program, she said.

SNAP dollars are granted to low-income people — most of whom are children, disabled or elderly — and can only be used to purchase food.

Approximately 46 percent of individuals benefitting from SNAP in North Dakota are children, Steffl said.

About 42 percent of North Dakota households on the program have an earned income, she said.