Starting Friday, a temporary increase in food stamp dollars from the 2009 economic stimulus will expire. The change will affect more than 47-million Americans.
It comes as Congress is negotiating additional cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Thursday, Senator Dick Durbin explained that SNAP is a safety net that the U.S. can't afford to lose, "When we talk about cutbacks in the food stamp program, talk about cutbacks in the SNAP program, we're talking about these people: the veterans, the children, the elderly, and the disabled."
The Illinois hunger coalition says nearly 350,000 seniors and nearly 900,000 children statewide will be affected by the cuts.