Merry Christmas

It’s the giving time of year, so we’re giving a cut in benefits for those on unemployment:

Some 1.3 million people are expected to lose benefits when they expire Saturday, with more to come depending on whether or not Congress extends the emergency unemployment insurance.

and a cut to those that need food stamps:

With the recent cuts in the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), or food stamps program, more households are going to be in need of food. SNAP benefits, serving 480,000 households in Massachusetts, are being cut because the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a stimulus package, expired. The size of the cuts vary among households in different situations. For example, a family of four receiving the maximum benefits will now only receive $632 each month, a $36 monthly cut.

“Cuts are happening, and for those families it’s affecting, it’s a significant impact,” she said. “The Greater Boston Food Bank and its network of 550 food pantries are going to have to step up.”

Depending on the outcome of the farm bill deliberation, the cuts over the next ten years could be as high as $40 billion or as low as $4 billion, but the impact to individual human beings will be significant either way, D’Amato said.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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