The Alabama Department of Human Resources announced that benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, previously called food stamps, will be reduced in November.
A boost in the program that was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will expire. That law, also called the stimulus package, went into effect in April of 2009.
Almost one out of every five people in Alabama receive SNAP.
A family of four receiving the maximum SNAP benefit will see their monthly benefit drop from $668 to $632 a month.
Factors such as income and household size determine the level of benefit, so not all families receive the maximum and the amount of the decrease will vary.
An individual recipient receiving the maximum benefit will see a decrease from $200 to $189 per month.