According to the Washington Post on Oct. 28 $5 million in cuts to food stamps will be taking place on Nov. 1 (this Friday) because of a 2009 stimulus plan that has ran it's course. According to letters that people would have received last week, families of two will lose $20 a month from their aid while a family of four is looking at a decrease of $36. While that might not sound like a lot, according to the U.S. Agricultural Department's "Thrifty Meal Planning that means only 16 meals per family.
Currently, it looks like food stamps or the SNAP program is shaping up to be the next budget struggle after the federal government shutdown as it looks like Republicans and Conservatives can't decide on what is an appropriate amount to cut if any.
Currently, there are still many jobless people throughout the U.S. and the economy isn't turning around as many hoped it would by now. There are many jobs being introduced by private sectors in all categories, but for the most part, these jobs are part time, and not nearly enough to get people off of food stamps and into any sort of stability.
House Republicans are looking to cut $49 billion dollars from food stamp programs across the nation over 10 years, however, there could be more cuts that deepen the lines even further as states can opt to cut benefits further and even give up waivers like Oklahoma recently did that allows states to make final decisions about allowing those with unusually high living costs that live above the poverty line to still receive food stamps.
Many families are waiting with baited breath to see how this plays out this week as President Obama is already willing to veto any bill that doesn't help the lower income classes.