FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky food stamp customers will see an increase in their monthly benefits starting next month.
The influx of food stamp funding is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), also known as the federal stimulus package.
Gov. Steve Beshear said the extra funding is a boost for entire communities.
“Food stamp customers get the primary benefit of this increase,” he said. “But when we consider that the money goes to local businesses that employ local workers, we see that this increase is doing a lot of good for many Kentuckians.”
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) administers the Kentucky food stamp program, which is funded by the United States Department for Agriculture.
CHFS Secretary Janie Miller said the stimulus money is going to a worthy program.
“For many of our customers, food benefits make the difference in planning nutritious meals,” she said. “This increase means that families are better able to purchase healthy foods. Eating right makes a notable difference in both children and adults well-being.”