Oklahoma food benefits boosted by federal stimulus package

Oklahoma City_Press Release_With the passage of the federal stimulus bill, Oklahomans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will have more buying power at the grocery store in April.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 raised maximum allotments for SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, by 13.6 percent.

"The bottom line is that SNAP recipients will receive more benefits and be able to purchase more food for their families," said Kathie Wright. "This is good news not only for the families who receive the benefit but also for Oklahoma retailers and the state's economy."

In February, $47.7 million in SNAP funds were spent in Oklahoma. By applying the 13.6 percent increase to the February total, the stimulus will provide an additional $6.5 million in SNAP funds to be spent in Oklahoma grocery stores next month.

Beginning in April 2009, the additional benefits will automatically be added to the SNAP recipient's Access Oklahoma Electronic Benefits Transfer card. SNAP recipients don't need to fill out additional paperwork, Wright said.

To read the rest of this news release and get contact information, please go to http://www.okdhs.org/library/news/rel/2009/03/fssd03172009.htm