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Food Providers Expect to Feel Powerful Effects of EBT Cut

 A tough economy is about to get even tougher for families depending on food stamps.

At least 47 million recipients who use the Electronic Benefits Transfer or EBT cards are about to see a cut in the amount they're allotted each month.  For an individual that could mean about eleven dollars less a month. For a family of four or more, it will mean at least 36 dollars a month less to spend on food. For some it will create further hardship. Nationwide, the cut amounts to a total of five billion dollars in cuts. It's less food on the table for some. Local food providers like America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia say they'll feel the ripple effect from families who suddenly don't have enough to buy food.

 Second Harvest's Meredith Ley says the agencies they serve will let them know when the hardship really begins.

"We serve agencies from the Red Cross to the Salvation Army, all the way down to some of the smallest soup kitchens and churches. So people are going to be going to these agencies first, and when the agencies start coming to us saying we need more, we need more, that's when we're expecting that we'll see the need."

Again, that cut is set to take place Friday November first. But more cuts could soon follow – congress may elect to reduce federal funding for food stamps, and states could cut funding too, depending on what their budgets look like.

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