Food stamp cuts taking hold for Mass. families as stimulus boost expires

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WASHINGTON — Unemployment remains stubbornly high, paychecks are stagnant, especially for minimum-wage workers. Yet even while the economic recovery proceeds slowly, hundreds of thousands of needy families in Massachusetts are getting bad news this month: They are losing a portion of their federal food stamp benefits. State officials, community food banks, and advocates for the poor are bracing for the full impact of a $95 million cut in nutrition assistance for the Bay State — part of a $5 billion, nationwide reduction caused by the scheduled end of a 2009 boost included in President Obama’s economic stimulus.

The state Department of Transitional Assistance, which helps administer the food stamp program, has been notifying approximately 480,000 households that they will be affected by the cuts.

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