Tia Kafka, communications director for the South Dakota Department of Social Services, said the decrease in SNAP benefits distributed can be attributed to the state and country’s recovering economy. SNAP benefits are based on a federal formula. Eligible households are issued a monthly allotment of SNAP benefits based on the federal Thrifty Food Plan (TFP), a low-cost model diet plan. The TFP is based on National Academy of Sciences’ recommended dietary allowances. The minimum monthly benefit an eligible household may receive is $10. The maximum depends on the household size. As part of the commitment to program integrity, Kafka said, the USDA works closely with the states to ensure the accuracy of eligibility and benefit determinations. [Custer County Chronicle]In stark contrast to his GOP successor former US Senator Tim Johnson knew how to help real South Dakotans.
USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Bruce Jones announced today that $463.8 million was invested in rural South Dakota communities from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014. Since 2009, $2.4 billion has been invested in South Dakota’s economy and of that total, $229.4 million has been secured for projects on reservations. For more information on reservation projects, see the Rural Development Report on Tribal Projects in South Dakota 2009-2014.Read it here.
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