Starting Friday, food stamp benefits are getting smaller.
47 million Americans get government help with their grocery bills.
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.