CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV)- SNAP reduction benefits went into effect November 1st. That means more than 1.7 million food stamp recipients in North Carolina are receiving $36 less each month.
Local food pantries and organizations to help those in need are starting to feel the impact of the cuts as well.
"SNAP benefits come regularly once a month," according to Loaves and Fishes Executive Director Beverly Howard. "What the decrease is going to mean is that they are going to run out before they get their next allocation."
Howard says the cuts to the benefits will make it harder to cover basic food costs.
"Snap was never designed to feed a family for a month. It's supposed to supplement funds that the family has."
But with less of a supplement coming in, people are turning to local food banks. Combined with the holidays, resources are strained.