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Food Stamp Clients Will Receive Greater Benefits; Stimulus funding means benefit increase starting next month

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 27, 2009  
Contact Information:  Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042; Anya Weber; (502) 564-6180, ext. 4014  

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 27, 2009) – 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.”

Beginning April 1, food stamp benefits to most households will increase by 13.6 percent. For example, a family of four receiving food stamp benefits may now receive up to $668 per month.

Food stamps benefits are provided to qualifying individuals and families monthly on electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards. EBT cards work much like debit or credit cards, and account funding is updated automatically.

Every county has a DCBS office that accepts applications for food stamps. Log on to to find your local office.

For more information on Kentucky’s food stamp program and how to apply, visit

Log on to to learn how federal stimulus dollars are being spent in the Commonwealth.
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Last Updated 3/27/2009