ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Families are bracing themselves as their food stamps get cut. About one in five people in New Mexico rely on food stamps.
Starting November 1, those who rely on food stamps will be getting less money from the government.
Food stamps generally provide two to three weeks worth of food per household, but with the stimulus bill expiring, cuts will on average shave off three days of food stamp benefits (also known as snap: "supplemental nutrition assistance program"). When people receive their next food stamp card in the mail, they will notice less money on the card.
Reductions will be based on the number of people in a household and income.
On average, people will receive $36 less per month. Families have already been turning to food banks to supplement food stamps, so food bank representatives predict the cuts will make people even more dependent on food pantries. The lines at food pantries are already out the door.
Some families are figuring out how to cope.
Nearly 80 percent of all SNAP participants are families with children.
"I'd probably have to start coming to the pantries. It's going to be a little harder to feed my kids and put food in their mouths,” Monica Trujillo said.
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