Rounds announces food stamp benefits increase

Rounds announces food stamp benefits increase Gov. Mike Rounds has announced that most low-income South Dakota households will receive additional food assistance as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Beginning April 1, the maximum monthly benefit will increase based on household size.  "An unprecedented number of South Dakotans have applied for food stamp benefits in recent months," Gov. Rounds said. "More South Dakotans will be able to put food on the table and take care of their families, which helps alleviate some of the financial stress these families have been feeling."  The current maximum allotment for a family of four is $588. Beginning April 1, the maximum allotment for a family of four will increase to $668.   People in Household Max. Benefit Increase 1 +$24 2 +$44 3 +$63 4 +$80 5 +$95 6 +$114 7 +$126 8 +$144 Each additional +$18  The additional benefits will automatically be added to recipients' South Dakota EBT cards beginning April 1. The Department of Social Services is in the process of sending recipients notification of the change in benefits. Those with current South Dakota EBT accounts can check their account balances by calling Customer Service at 1-800-604-5099 or online at www.ebtedge.com. In February 2009, 70,807 people (29,764 households) received food stamp benefits in South Dakota through the Department of Social Services. To apply for benefits, contact your local Department of Social Services office or visit dss.sd.gov/foodstamps.

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