Federal funding to the local food stamp program decreased by almost 8 percent in November even as the number of local food assistance cases increased.
At the same time there was a decrease in the amount of federal money flowing into the program here.
The department's caseload rose from 1,789 in October to 1,821 in November, a 1 percent increase almost matching the number of cases in November a year ago.
The amount of federal money going to the program in Delta County decreased from $522,373 in October to $403,608 in November.
The decrease in funding is because of cuts in the federal food stamp program. A county HHS department report presented to the county commissioners on Dec. 16 explains, "In April of 2009, the (Obama stimulus package) raised food assistance benefits to help people affected by the recession. Those increased benefits expired on Oct. 31."
The decrease in monthly benefits ranges from $11 for a single person to $36 for a family of four, the HHS report states.
The decreased funding situation is mirrored across the state and nation as overall food stamp benefits in Colorado are expected to decline by $55 million in 2014, and by $5 billion nationwide, the report said.
In other business at recent meetings, the Board of County Commissioners:
• Approved an employment agreement with Bruce Bertram to serve as local government designee to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, a position he has held with the county for the past 11 years.
• Ratified a letter of support for the Hunsicker Cafeteria renovation project in Cedaredge.blog comments powered by Disqus