SNAP benefits increasing for the first time in 40 years

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — For those who receive food stamps, there may be more assistance on the way.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP is increasing by 25 percent after a state bill in 2018 increased its funding.

This will be the first time in 40 years that SNAP benefits will see a significant increase. Since that increase, Alabama Department of Human Resources officials has seen more families applying for these benefits.

Last year more than 300,000 Alabama households applied for food stamps. Now, the number of applications has increased with over 9,000 families that have applied.

The increase will take effect in October of this year.

ADHR Director Dominic Binkley said their goal is to prevent hunger and support eligible families to receive assistance.

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