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SNAP recipients to see decrease in food benefits Nov. 1

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On this Sunday, many families may start asking that question "what's for dinner?"

But for nearly 50 million Americans who rely on federal assistance, this week, that question may become more difficult to answer.

That's because a temporary increase in benefits expires this Friday.

Those cuts can be hard for families, especially with Thanksgiving just about a month away.

But families are not the only ones who are concerned.

Here at the Sioux Falls Food Pantry, everything from fresh produce to frozen meats, canned goods to boxed cereal is available to families in need.

But with cuts to the food assistance program, more families may need to shop at food pantries to help make ends meet.

And people at organizations like Feeding South Dakota, are concerned about the long term effects these cuts will have on others.

Feeding South Dakota Operations Director Chad Olson said "not only are these SNAP benefits of the Recovery Act going to affect people but what's going to happen with SNAP going forward, they still need to decide what they're going to do with the Farm Bill. We have commodities that we receive, I know those programs are going to be cut, so really the concern is long term. What's the cumulative effect? There's people right now that probably aren't needing the Food Pantry that will need the Food Pantry.

Benefits were bumped up in the middle of the recession.

And now, an average family of four will lose the increase, which comes to about $36 a month.

That's out of a maximum of $668 they could receive.

But the amount of help a family gets from the program depends upon income, family size and expenses.

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