30 Apr 2012

More cuts for food stamp recipients in CNMI

1:03 pm on 30 April 2012

Low-income households in the Northern Marianas have taken another hit following a 13.6-percent slash in food stamp benefits.

The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs is implementing cuts in the benefits to clients of the Nutrition Assistance Programme from tomorrow.

The Department says the latest cut is due to the growing number of applicants and the need to accommodate them all under the 13 million US dollar budget cap for fiscal year 2012.

The department says a review of the food stamp programme shows it has already exceeded its projection of 10,000 eligible clients for the current fiscal year.

Last year, the Department slashed food stamp benefits by 35 percent, also to accommodate the increasing number of beneficiaries, which at that point numbered 9,700.