About two million people in Illinois will see their food stamp benefits reduced this fall.
A temporary boost to the supplemental nutrition assistance program from the 2009 Obama stimulus bill expires on October 31.
Nationally, more than 47 million Americans, including 22 million children, who receive food stamps, will see their food assistance cut, according to newly released data from the U.S. department of agriculture.
For a family of three, that cut will mean a reduction of $29 a month or $319 for the remaining 11 months of the fiscal year, according to the Washington, dc-based center on budget and policy priorities. After this cut, food stamp benefits will average less than $1.40 per person per meal.