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Could the SNAP program in jeopardy?

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(10/29/13) - Starting at the end of this week, about $5 billion will be cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, or food stamp program.

About 1.7 million people in Michigan depend on food stamps to feed their families.

ABC12 News spoke with quite a few people Tuesday who said the cuts to the SNAP program are going to have a tremendous impact on their families.

"I just received a notice in the mail that my benefits are being reduced," said a single mother of two who doesn't want to reveal her name.

The single mother is unemployed. Right now, she's relying on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or SNAP program to help make ends meet.

"With me being unemployed right now, we have nothing coming in so the little bit of food that the state is giving us is very much needed," she said.

Recently she learned that mothers like herself will receive about $29 less a month for the SNAP program.

"The economy is at its lowest, I think it's a shame," she said.

Congress authorized an increase to the program at the height of the recession in 2009 but that funding runs out Nov. 1.

This affects mostly children, seniors and people living with disabilities.

"To me, that's basically taking money away from the kids. I think they're the real concern here. I don't see the point of taking money away from children for food," the mother of two said.

The Michigan League for Public Policy says often times, the food assistance program is the only thing that keeps people who depend on it from starving.

"There's no jobs out here. I know I've been looking for a job for the last five months, I've recently been laid off and to cut the food stamps right now when we need it the most is going to be rough on a lot of people," said Casaundra Adkinson of Flint.

Adkinson has been trying to get enrolled into the SNAP program for the past year. Her mother depends on it now.

"That's going to be rough on her. I have to help her now with trying to get a little food here and there and we help each other out trying to make it through the rough times," she said.

These may not be the only cuts coming to food stamps. In Washington, House and Senate leaders are negotiating a final Farm Bill that's expected to make even deeper cuts to the SNAP program.

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