LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Millions of Americans who rely on food stamps now have less money to spend. Extra funding for the food stamp program, which was part of the 2009 stimulus bill, expired this Thursday. Now that means a family of four, for example, could receive up to $36 less a month.
"I've never had to hear them cry 'I'm hungry' yet, but I don't want to ever have to hear them cry 'I'm hungry' either," said a Lexington mother whose family is on food stamps.
This Lexington mother has six mouths to feed. For the past year, she says she's barely gotten by doing that with food stamps and food from places like God's Pantry. Now the threat of less money to spend a month with food stamps is piling on the stress, not food. She shared her story of struggle with WKYT, keeping her identity anonymous.
"You never know next month what you're going to do at the end of the month to feed your kids if you run out of food."
The majority of people who get donated food from God's Pantry are also on food stamps. The two combined get families by, so a five billion dollar cut to the funding is a scary thought, especially for large families. Starting Friday, they could see cuts of around $40 a month, costing them food.
"Even two meals because we don't know. We get ours at a certain time every month. And as you can see, it don't even last until the end of the month."
Less money from food stamps only puts more pressure on places like God's Pantry to provide. It's all about supply and demand, and the supply is down and the demand is up at God's Pantry in Lexington. But these families can only get a certain amount of food from them no matter what happens with food stamps.
"You can only get it from here so often, so it does cause a problem because you never know next month."
For now, there's no solution for the one in five Kentuckians who depend on food stamps.
"We're going to have to get through it. Basically there's really nothing we can do. It's the government. so thank God we still have God's Pantry."
God's Pantry in Lexington says they need donations, especially now that more people will need their help with a cut to food stamps.