Anxiety Mounts As Millions Of Families Brace For 5 Percent Cut In Food Stamps

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A temporary increase in food stamps expires Oct. 31, meaning for millions of Americans the benefits that help put food on the table won't stretch as far as they have for the past four years.

Food stamps — actually the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — go to 47 million Americans a month, almost half of them children and teenagers.

"Every week is a struggle as it is," said Heidi Leno, 43, who lives in Concord with her husband, 9-year-old daughter and twin 5-year-olds. "We hate living paycheck to paycheck and you have to decide what gets paid."

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