Updated: 11/01/2013 7:33 PM
Created: 11/01/2013 6:11 PM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion
One hundred twenty thousand. That's how many people in Monroe County will see a reduction in food stamp benefits starting Friday. It's all because a boost in benefits stemming from the recession has expired. Many families in the Rochester area are worried they won't be able to survive.
A family of four can expect to see up to $36 dollars less a month. It may not seem like a lot of money to some, but for some families in need, every penny counts.
Up to $48 million people throughout the country will see a reduction in benefits. Research shows the majority of the people that will be affected are the elderly, people with disabilities and veterans.
It doesn't look good for recipients. It looks like more cuts may be on the way. Congress has been going back-and-forth over how much more to cut from this program and it could be up to $40 billion.
But not everyone in government is for these cuts. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says she has been fighting to keep the boost in benefits, but her requests have fallen on deaf ears. So is there hope in sight?
Tanya Nelson, SNAP Program recipient, said, “If they offer a person a job then, therefore, that gives a person a chance to do something so they won't need your assistance,but no one is trying to lend a hand.”
Rep. Louise Slaughter said, “It's going to take contributions and I'm just really despaired if we can't change the minds. I urge everybody that hears this to contact members of Congress and tell them not to do this dreadful thing.”