Millions of Americans To See Cuts in Their SNAP Benefits

5:04 PM, Nov 1, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Anjellica Figueroa is not looking for a hand-out. 

She's a mom, a full-time student and she receives SNAP benefits.

She says it's temporary and can't wait to provide for her son on her own but a cut to her benefits now might delay her future plans.

She is one of 43 million Americans that will see a smaller check when she receives her SNAP - or food stamp benefits this month.

READ:Food Stamp Cuts Mean 21 Less Meals a Month For Families

"People say it's just a few, couple of $20 but you know, usually around the end of the month it's really all I have left on my card," explained Anjellica Figueroa.

That's milk, juice and a week of food for her 2-year-old son. She received $340 last month but after federal cuts sink in - she doesn't know what her budget will be.

"$320-$315 maybe-I'm not even sure what they will reduce it down to," said Figueroa.

1 in 7 Americans are in the same situation and are turning to places like the Salvation Army to ease the cuts.

"Because then individuals would have to use the income that they have to pay their utility bills, their rent, they're having to use that income to buy food," said Leroy Wilson, Director of Emergency Services, The Salvation Army Center of Hope

However Figueroa knows she won't need this assistance forever. 

"As someone who is graduating in hopes of getting a job, I definitely want my taxes to go to programs like this," explained Figueroa.

She added, "It's all so sad to know that Washington is warring like it is and its us people who are really suffering at the end of the day."

SNAP costs about $80 billion a year. That's nearly 2-percent of the federal budget. These cuts come as additional SNAP benefits end under a 2009 stimulus bill. 

READ: Millions on Food Stamps Facing Benefit Cuts

Experts say these cuts will have a trickle down affect and could add more strain to local food banks.

WFMY News 2

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