21 Apr 2011

CNMI food stamp beneficiaries face cuts

8:23 am on 21 April 2011

From next month food stamp beneficiaries in the Northern Marianas will have cuts of 27 point 7 percent in their benefits.

The cuts are one of two measures by the Nutrition Assistance Programme to accommodate the growing demand for food stamps.

The other measure is to put all new applications for the food stamp benefit on hold until more funds become available.

The cuts, which come on top of surging gas and electricity prices, will be in place for the remainder of the financial year.

The average per person monthly benefit in the CNMI is 88 dollars while in Guam the average is 208 dollars.