Food stamp funding takes a hit

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 10/29/2013 2:43 pm
SHANNON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Glenda Williams recently moved to an apartment complex in Shannon. Verona was just too expensive.

She was hoping for a break, but that's not going to happen now.

Just about every day is a challenge for Glenda Williams. She has two daughters-one of whom is physically challenged. She has to provide for these children-one way is through food stamps. A reduction has her worried.

"It will be so hard that we will have to go to the food pantry to get food to make ends meet to put food on the table to feed the kids," Williams said.

Community volunteer Teresa Roberts is among those who make up her support system in more ways than one.

She worries about Mississippi's poor-the most vulnerable being the elderly and the children.

"It's gonna be important now to make sure that these children even get their breakfast at school," Roberts said.

While have their breakfast, those who rely on food stamps have a harsh reality to digest.

Beginning November 1, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds that were set aside for the food stamp program will be cut.

A family of four receiving the maximum allotment will see a reduction of $36 per month.

They're not the only ones who will feel the impact, grocery stores will also take a hit.

"We're concerned with their well-being because they shop with us all during the year," Todd's Big Star Owner Bob Knight said.

There is the concern that with fewer dollars to spend someone might choose the .99 bologna over the $3.99 turkey breast.

There are those who worry about nutrition and the lack thereof.

"Eating healthy is very expensive and that food-money really don't go a long way," Tupelo-based Family Resource Center Program Director Shelia Davis said.

That is a fact all too real to Glenda Williams and one she must relay to her child through sign language. Tougher times lie ahead.
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