Millions will have their food stamp benefits cut because five billion dollars in additional federal grants for the program have expired.
As the disabled mother of a growing teenage son, Charity Williams of Des Moines has more bills than she has money to pay them.
She relies on the $376 worth of food assistance she gets every month to feed her family.
Now, $11 of that will be taken away. And Williams isn’t alone. In Iowa, more than 420-thousand people are on the supplemental nutrition assistance program, or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps. That’s 13-percent of the state’s population.
Williams says even a small cut affects her, “It’s a constant struggle in your mind about, you know, whether you’re gonna be on the street the next day to feed your family or pay rent or whatever.”
State officials recommend families in need check with local churches or food pantries for help.