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The Saipan Tribune reports that Rowe wrote a letter to U.S. Delegate Gregorio Kilili Sablan explaining that the CNMI food stamp budget for fiscal year 2012 was approved with an average benefit level of $242 per household.
However, the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, which administers the local food stamp program, instead gave an average of $273 per household—some $31 more per household than agreed upon.
In another blow to the local food stamp program, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack said the $4.5 million in de-obligated food stamp program block grant that the Commonwealth was unable to use from fiscal years 2007 through 2011 will not be restored.
Sablan said it is painful to see $4.5 million lost because the CNMI did not spend the money to feed needy families.
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