Food Stamp Cuts Kick In, Affecting About 47 Million

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.

Food stamp cuts

Najuah Mudahy gets ready for one of her two jobs as her daughter, Ausara, sleeps. Mudahy says she runs out of money to feed Ausara before the end of each month. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

In California, which struggles with nearly 9% unemployment, local officials are girding for the fallout after the benefit for a family of four receiving food stamps was lowered by $36 a month.

About 4.2 million Californians are affected by the drop in benefits, including more than 1.1 million residents of Los Angeles County. And many local businesses will be hurt as well, because California’s food stamp recipients will be spending $46million less per month in local stores.

“The impoverished are forced to eat junk if we want to eat,” said 32-year-old Tabitha, a mother of a 2-year-old and a 7-year-old staying at a Culver City shelter, who asked that her last name not be used because she said she was embarrassed. “It’s going to be difficult, as it already has been.”

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