More than two-million low income residents in Illinois will have some of their food stamp benefits reduced today. It’s not technically a cut in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but an expiration of a 2009 federal stimulus. Either way, it means a family of four will have 36 dollars less to spend each month.
Critics of the reduction say that every penny counts in a struggling household. Officials say there are 2.1 million Illinois residents who will be affected by the cuts, while there are just over 905-thousand using food stamps in Missouri. The program covers a family of four with a total income of just over $30,000.