5 Mar 2008

Fears in American Samoa food stamps will go unless Congress passes new legislation

7:34 pm on 5 March 2008

Funding for food stamp vouchers in American Samoa for the elderly and disabled could be stopped in two weeks if Congress does not extend its legislation or approve a new rules.

The food stamps are issued monthly by the Department of Human and Social Services, and elderly citizens and the disabled receive monthly checks of more than 100 US dollars.

The territory receives about 5 million US dollars a year in food stamps.

The Director of Human and Social Services, Talia Faafetai Iaulualo, says he's working with the Congressman and the Governor's Office to include American Samoa in a reauthorisation bill before the law expires.

He says if the reauthorization is not in place when the law expires, the monthly benefits will stop.