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Food stamp cuts starts Friday

Rochester, N.Y. The five billion dollar cut to food stamps is having an impact in Monroe County.

Well I'm just going to have to eat less times a day, said Henry Perdue. Perdue is diabetic and depends on food stamps.

I'm supposed to eat three to four times a day, explained Perdue. I'm going to have to cut it down to maybe two to three times a day.

These are real people losing real food - and we are really concerned, said Jerome Nathaniel, SNAP Outreach and Assistance Coordinator at FoodLink.

FoodLink has been inundated with calls with people worried about cuts.

We're hoping for the generosity of the community to make up for this shortfall, said Nathaniel.

Local food pantries are also hoping for the community's continued support.

We do have guidelines people can come once a month, but we may have to do that more frequently to meet people's needs, said Jennifer Muniga, Executive Director Cameron Community Ministries.

Cameron Community Ministries helps between 30 and 50 families through its food pantry each month.

It serves a hot meal to over 100 people a day.

Helping serving those meals are Priscilla Williams and Taliesa Evans both single moms on food stamps.

[Food Stamps are] real important for my kids, I really don't care about me but for my kids, said Williams.

We have no other income and to find out what we do get is being cut makes the struggle a little harder and have to focus more on budgeting, said Evans. It will be a little more difficult to feed my daughter.

Heres the breakdown:

A single person will see an $11 decrease, from $200 per month to $189.
A family of two will see a $20 drop, from $367 per month to $347.
A family of three will see a $29 decrease, from $526 per month to $497.
A family of three will see a $36 decrease, from $668 per month to $632.

Food stamp benefits were increased in 2009 as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. That law expired on October 31st, 2013.

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