HARRISONBURG, Va (WHSV)-- The 2009 Recovery Act, which increased the amount of food stamps available, expires on November 1. After that, there will be a 5.4 percent decrease in the amount of food stamps families receive.
Carolyn Harlow, an employee with the Rockingham Department of Social Services, said there are about 5,000 homes in Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg that currently depend on these food stamps.
Harlow said these households should soon be receiving a letter to notify them that their benefits will be decreasing.
The impact may be large, especially going into the holiday season when utilities typically increase, according to Harlow.
"They may need to refigure their food budget to help their SNAP benefits hopefully stretch further," said Harlow.
She said they are currently taking applications for fuel assistance to help with heating expenses.
If you would like to apply, you'll need to send in an application by November 8.
Harlow said if the community would like to help, you donate to organizations like the Salvation Army or the Food Pantry.
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