Food stamps cut by 5.5 percent effecting more than 47 million Americans who rely on the program. The reduction is the result of ending a temporary bump, which was enacted during the last recession. According to CNN on Nov. 1, cuts totaling $5 billion will go into effect starting today.
Enrollment in food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has soared.
Food stamps cut hits 47.6 million people or 15 percent of the U.S. population. Those numbers have soared since 2007 when only 26.3 or just over half as many received benefits. On average participants receive just over $133 per month.
The food stamps cut is impacting regular folks like Joyce Lewis of Spring Hill, Florida. Her SNAP benefits of $800 per month were cut $44. And they didn't even last the whole month as they were.
'When I get to the end, we always run out. I try to go to all the food pantries,' Lewis said.
The food stamps cut could not come at a worse time for many. People need to eat and a large number of Americans are having a hard time making ends met. This situation will only be compounded by the holiday season.
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