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Food stamp cuts hit 48 million Americans

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In California overall, the cuts will affect more than 4 million residents and will amount to the equivalent of losing roughly 21 individual meals per month, based on calculations used by the Department of Agriculture. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

 Families who receive food stamp benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, will see their monthly checks cut starting Friday after a temporary increase to benefits expires without a new budget from Congress to replace it.

The average family of four  will see their benefits cut by around 13 percent, or $36. The SNAP budget was temporarily increased by the Obama administration’s stimulus program in 2009 to help struggling families hit hard by the recession. In California overall, the cuts will affect more than 4 million residents and will amount to the equivalent of losing roughly 21 individual meals per month, based on calculations used by the Department of Agriculture.

Guest:

Michael Doyle, reporter for McClatchy newspapers

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