Food stamp cuts to go into effect in November

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) If you are one of the 8,000 Mesa County residents that uses food stamps to put a hot meal on the table, then you might need to find extra assistance as there will be a decrease in food stamp benefits come November 1, 2014.

In April 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act approved a temporary increase in food assistance to help families who were struggling during the recession.

Now that the economy is slowly bouncing back, the government is setting those funds back to pre-recession levels.

On average, that means an $8 cut per person every month, which means about $20 less for each family.

The Department of Human Services has a program set up to help families that fear going hungry. The Hunger Free Hotline can offer information on how to access other food resources in your area.

To get in contact with them, call (855) 855-4626.