Food stamp cuts will total $5 billion

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email

News12 / Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

EVANS, Ga (WRDW)---- "Dinner is ready," said Amanda Isenhour.

Isenhour's family is one of the many Americans who will feel the affect once Food Stamp cuts hit this Friday.

"It's me, my husband, and my son--so three mouths to feed. He's a painter and makes hardly any money at all," she told News 12.

The cuts will add up to five billion dollars nationally next year. Some will see about $30 less on their EBT cards--which was the boost the program got from the stimulus package back in 2009.

"30 bucks could buy him a lot of food," said Isenhour of the cut.

Millions have received a letter that says:

"The increased benefits provided by this law are expected to expire on November 1st 2013. Most families will see their benefits decrease in November due to the end of the extra benefits provided by the 2009 law."

Something Isenhour says she is already feeling.

"Well I get food stamps. It was 367 it's been bumped down to 347," she said.

Isenhour says her job pays $300 a month. She knows lawmakers could reverse the decision, but that likely won't happen--plus a new farm bill threatens even more cuts to the food stamp program, which Isenhour says she can't live without.

"No not without it. With it I could survive," she told News12.

As the family sits down for dinner they realize things will change soon and this mother says she just wants the best for her family.

"Everybody has to eat," she told News12.

That mother says even with food stamps they would still have to make up a $100 difference each month, but when the first month to month food stamp benefit reductions start, she will have to start looking for more options and ask family for help.

The stimulus package boost back in 2009 wasn't suppose to end so abruptly. It was supposed to stay in place until inflation caught up with SNAP benefit levels--which Food Stamps is under--but Democrats used some of that money for other legislation in 2010 and never returned the money.

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