As part of the economic stimulus package passed in 2009, Congress temporarily boosted Food Assistance benefits to help needy families get through the recession. That temporary increase expired the end of October 2013, and benefits were cut by about 5 percent.Food stamp cases are escalating:
Here you can see household size and amount of monthly reduction
Also, as the COLA raises the gross income limits every October, more households qualify, but may qualify for a small benefit amount due to their income being close to the income limit. Also as the economy is slowly improving, households income is increasing and reducing their benefit amounts.
There is no relationship between the size of our caseloads and the amount of benefits that clients get. The amounts are based on household size and income as calculated per Federal Food Assistance regulations.