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"I get about 300 dollars in food stamps a month,"said Tina Manley.

Tina Manley is just one of the 48 million people that will see a decrease in their food stamp plan starting November first.
 "I'm not too happy about that of course. It's definitely going to put a pinch on things," said Manley.
 
It's a pinch, she wasn't expecting.  Manley is a single mother of two children.  The cuts scheduled to take effect, will reduce her benefits by $29.  Although, it may not sound like much, Manley says the reduction will cause her family to miss out on the most important meal of the day.
   
"Twenty dollars doesn't buy a whole lot, but its definitely going to hurt," said Manley.  "It will probably be eliminating breakfast because it would mean the cereals, the toast, the milk, the juice. I'd just be cutting back on those items."

The food stamp cuts are a result of the expiration of the Recovery Act of 2009.  It's a provision enacted to reduce hunger during the recession. Currently, there's no legislation to change the expiration. 
Although, it's been a lot of help for families like Manley's , it's causing them to wonder how they will make up for the lost money that they once received.
     
 "It's definitely going to make us be creative with our money and cut back on anything. Basically not buying anything unnecessary at all and even some of those necessary items," said Manley.

With Congress considering making additional cuts to the program under the new Farm Bill, Manley says it's going to put a lot of people in the hole.          

"It's going to make it more and more difficult for more people around the Quad Cities; nott just me. There are a lot of people out there trying to make ends meet," said Manley.