Food Stamp Cuts Begin In Michigan

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LANSING (WILX)-- Food Stamp reductions officially started November 1st, and families aren't the only ones worried about the cuts. Assistance programs are also worried the cuts will mean more mouths to feed.

The effects start November 3rd when the first group of food stamp users try to reload their card. Nearly two million on the state will be affected as the reductions continue throughout the month.

Relying on food stamps since she had to be put on disability this year, Latousha Jones says she and her daughter won't have enough starting this month.

"We're getting a $38 dollar cut. It may not seem like a lot, but it's only going to supply three weeks of food. That's really cutting it close," said Jones.

They plan on coming to Volunteers of America for a couple meals at the end of the month when their food stamps run out.

"If we have to we'll come down if there's no more food at home. Otherwise we'll have to buy less healthier foods because it's cheaper," said Jones.

The Jones aren't the only family that's planning on visiting the VOA for meals for the first time. Spokesperson Darin Estep says they expect to see some of the biggest turnouts ever at the end of this month.

"With it being a holiday month and these cuts, there's going to be a big need. We've never had to turn someone away, hopefully we never will," said Estep.

The cuts were to be expected. The government's gave it's "supplemental nutrition assistance program," a boost in 2009 because of the recession, but it was only meant to be temporary.

"I know it's not fair, but it's the way it is. The funding was part of the stimulus package and it was never meant to be forever," said Peggy Vaughn-Payne, Executive Director of NorthWest Initiative.

Vaughn-Payne's biggest worry is that these cuts are just the beginning.

"The farm bill has not passed congress, and there's a real possibility that there's going to be more significant cuts to the food stamp program," said Vaughn-Payne.

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