CHICAGO (CBS) — Approximately 2 million Illinois residents who rely on food stamps must get by with a little less money for groceries, with federal stimulus funding approved four years ago set to run out on Friday.
CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman reports, for many families, that will mean benefits will be cut to less than $2 per meal.
In 2009, the federal government pumped an extra $45 billion into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), popularly known as food stamps, to offset higher demand during the recession. However, the end of that funding means a $5 billion drop in federal food stamp benefits effective Friday.
Instead, that money will now go to fighting childhood obesity.