Food stamp cuts run deep for Chattahoochee Valley families
Nearly two million people in the state of Georgia will be affected by federal cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP), and $5 billion will be cut from the Federal Food Stamp Program over the next year beginning Friday November 1.
Struggling families will see about a five percent reduction in their benefits immediately.
Phyllis Hunter says she and her husband, along with their 11-year-old son are barely making it, and these cuts are only going to make things harder. Her SNAP benefits were recently increased and now they'll be cut again.
"I know when they were low, it was very, very hard to make ends meet, we would have to go to the food bank," said Phyllis.
SNAP Benefits will change by household size. For households with one person, benefits will drop $11 a month. Households with two people will see a $20 reduction per month. Benefits in three person households will drop $29. And, benefits for households with four people will drop $36 per month.
Like many Americans, Phyllis relies on her local food bank to provide food for her family. The benefits that she receives don't last the entire month and the food bank is the best alternative.
Eating healthy is very important in the Hunter home. Phyllis' husband is diabetic and has dietary restrictions. Unfortunately, buying fresh produce is a more expensive option over processed foods, but Phyllis said she has to do what's best for her family.
"Everything is just high and you just have to make it the best way you can. But, it's really hard," said Phyllis.