Food stamp cuts start today; 47 million Americans impacted

Starting Friday, food stamp benefits are getting smaller.

47 million Americans get government help with their grocery bills.

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But a temporary boost in food stamp funding expired Thursday.

The cuts amount to 21 meals a month for people on the program, according to the Department of Agriculture.

A family of four receiving benefits in Illinois will lose $36 a month.

A single person on food stamps will lose $11 a month.

Feeding America estimates that the cuts will mean a loss of 2 billion meals for families, next year.

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