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Food Stamp Benefit Cuts Start Friday

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Single-mother Lisa Otis says she may run out of money next month trying to feed her two children.

After losing her job, Lisa began receiving about $450 a month from the nation's food stamp program.

But she and another 47 million Americans will soon see more than 5% cut.

"What's going to happen? Do I have to tell my 13-year-old 'hold off on making that peanut butter and jelly sandwich, we've got to make that loaf of bread last.' You don't want to tell these kids that."

Congress included additional funding for the program in the 2009 stimulus bill, but that expired - which means a $5-billion cut in food stamp benefits nationwide.

A family of three like Lisa's, will lose up to $29 a month. For others, the loss could range from $11 to $36 for a family of four.

VaLecia Adams, who oversees a non-profit for low-income families in Southern California, worries the demand for food banks will spike.

"You're talking about families maybe having to decide whether they pay the light bill, whether they pay all the rent, and could end up facing homelessness."

Lisa hopes a social worker can help her family find housing. They're temporarily living in a hotel.

"If you're struggling now, what will be like with these cuts?"

"More struggles, but you got to get up every day and face it."

Members of Congress are now debating whether to trim even more funding from the program.

A bill from the GOP-controlled House proposes to cut an additional $4-billion from the food stamp program under a wide-ranging farm bill.

The program costs $80-billion a year, which has more than doubled over the last 5 years.

You can help out the Food Bank of Northern Nevada during our annual "Share Your Christmas" drive-by food drive coming up next month.

Our 21st annual food drive will be on Friday, December 13th from 6 am to 6 pm.

We'll have more details about drop-off locations as the event gets closer, but we hope to see you there!

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