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Unemployment remains stubbornly high. Paycheck growth, especially for minimum-wage workers, is stagnant. Yet even lacking a full economic recovery, millions of needy families around the United States and in Massachusetts are losing a portion of their federal food stamp benefits this month.
Massachusetts officials, community food banks, and advocates for the poor are bracing for the full impact of a $95 million cut in nutrition assistance for the state over the next 11 months. The cuts are part of a $5 billion nationwide reduction prompted by the expiration of a boost that was included in President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package.