In wake of Ike, food stamp benefits to rise

AUSTIN (AP) - Food stamp benefits will rise this month for low-income families in Texas recovering from Hurricane Ike.

State officials have requested federal approval to increase benefits for more than 240,000 families in 29 Texas counties whose expenses have gone up because of the storm.

The amount of food assistance depends on family size and income.

The Houston Chronicle reported in its Thursday editions that a single person making no more than $870 a month will receive $170 instead of the standard allotment of $14. A family of three with an income no more than $1,143 will receive $451 in food stamps, up from $120.

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