- Just The Facts
More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps awoke on Friday to deal with the harsh reality that their benefits will decrease because emergency payments from the federal government to stimulate the economy have expired. That decrease, which works out to about $36 a month for a family of four, could be just the first step in food allowance cuts.
While food prices vary around the country, what does the cut represent in the pantry?
It roughly translates into a gallon of milk, a half-gallon of orange juice and a pound of bread a week in many areas. Or think of it as a weekly purchase of a 2-pound package of rice, a pound of dry beans, a pound of ground beef and a dozen eggs using national average costs.
Los Angeles Times
Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013 4:30 am
WASHINGTON — Some 47 million poor Americans who rely on food stamps for their meals will have to get by on less, after their benefits were cut Friday.
“The impoverished are forced to eat junk if we want to eat,” said 32-year-old Tabitha, a mother of a 2- and 7-year-old staying at a Culver City, Calif., shelter, who asked her last name not be used to save embarrassment. “It’s going to be difficult, as it already has been. I don’t understand why there’s all this government funding, all these programs, and why feeding down-and-out people is not as important as it should be.”
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