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CNMI gets $32.5m for pilot food stamp program

The CNMI has welcomed a $32.5 million pilot food stamp program after President Barack Obama signed a nearly one trillion dollar agricultural spending bill.


The law sets aside $2 million for the US Department of Agriculture to study whether the CNMI can administer the national Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP.


In addition, Delegate Gregorio Sablan says that beginning in October 2015, $30.5 million will be available to raise benefits for families in need in the CNMI — whether or not the islands are part of SNAP.


Sablan says he doesn't want food stamps to be a way of life in the CNMI, but only as a safety net for people until they can help themselves by getting jobs.