Recipients of SNAP benefits, the former food stamp program, will see a decrease in those benefits effective November 1.
The benefits actually went up for most households at the beginning of October, adjusted for the cost of living.
Here's what's going on. In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act increased program benefits and that bump was slated to expire in November, 2013.
Then came that cost of living adjustment in October, on top of that bump. The drop in those benefits in a couple of weeks will simply be the expiration of the increases that were put in place in 2009.
The amount of SNAP benefits that each eligible household receives depends on a variety of factors like income, household size and expenses.
According to Thomas Pristow, director of Children and Family Services in the Department of Health and Human Services, on November 1, a family of four with no income and no other changes to their case, will see a decrease in their monthly benefits of $36.
He said 181,484 people in Nebraska currently participate in the program.