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Washington Food Benefits Will Increase

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Washington families getting food benefits from the government will soon see an increase of about 13.6 percent. That means an added $80 a month.

Starting April 1st, families can be eligible for up to $668. This money is coming from the Federal American Recovery and Reinvestement Act that was recently signed into law.

Staff at DSHS say in the last four to six months they've seen a lot more people applying for food stamps.

John Camp with DSHS says, "It's not just job losses but it's people that are able to retain their jobs, are seeing their hours cut back as well, so more people are becoming eligible."

Some changes also coming for those people who don't have children but are on food stamps. Before there was a three month limit on their benefits. Those rules will be lifted starting next month until September 20-10.