$5 Billion Cut In Food Stamp Program To Hit Nov. 1

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The program best known as food stamps has taken a hit that'll affect almost 2 million Georgians.

One in 5 Georgians who rely on the food stamp program will have to brace for the reduction come Friday.

That's when the temporary stimulus package put into place in 2009 expires.

According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the Recovery Act passed by Congress then boosted benefits by more than 13%.

CBPP estimates in 2014, food stamp benefits will average less than $1.40 per person, per meal.

What the cuts look like for a family of 4 who gets the maximum amount, $668 a month, is about a $36 cut.

Susan Boatwright, director of communications of DFCS, said the cuts will add up to about 5%, and that the boost back in 2009 wasn't meant to be permanent.

"The 2009 funds were to temporarily boost the SNAP or food stamp benefits. And now those funds are coming to the close of its use," Boatwright said.

Across the country, more than 47 million Americans will be affected.

The USDA says food-stamp enrollment has more than doubled over the past 5 years. 

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