WMDT 47 NEWS - A shake-up is on the way for the *millions* of Americans relying on food stamps.
As of Friday, benefits will be slashed when a recession-era boost to the program expires. Right now, the average benefit per person is around $130 a month, but now, $5 billion will be cut from the country's food stamps program.
We spoke with a representative from the Maryland food bank on how that could impact folks here on Delmarva during already trying times.
"We were providing food at one time to more than 50 thousand families a month and now we're having to cut back to about 25-thousand families a month," says Yvonne Terry, Director of Development for the Maryland Food Bank, "it puts a lot of stress on food banks and we being the Maryland Food Bank here on the Eastern Shore, it puts even more stress on us."
The cuts are expected to take effect Friday, however, Congress does have the power to change this.