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Food stamp cuts, and how they hit home

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Some 47 million Americans on food stamps saw drop in benefits starting Friday.

A family of two will see about a $20 reduction per month. A family of three will see a drop of around $29, and a family of four: $36.

"$20 is a meal. It's a box of noodles for the kids, it goes a long way," said Dewilbur Riley, a food stamp recipient. He believes instead of getting less help, recipients should be getting more.

But that has already happened. Back in 2009, the American Recovery and Investment Act (ARRA) increased monthly maximum monthly benefits by 13.6% across the board. The increase was to offset the economic downturn. Now, that increase has expired.

The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) has never experienced a reduction of this level. It affects all participants, including 22 million children on food stamps and 9 million elderly or seriously disabled people, according to the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities.

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