On Friday the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is set to lose $5 billion in federal funds.
SNAP provides access to food stamps for millions of Americans.
Families that receive SNAP benefits will see a decrease starting November 1. A family of four can expect their SNAP benefits to decrease around $36 a month.
As the price of food continues to rise and these cuts take effect, it will no doubt be harder to purchase more nutritional foods.
Suzanne Stluka is the Food and Families Program Director at SDSU Extension. She had one of her classes take the SNAP Challenge for a week -- students had to live off $130 a month while still meeting basic nutritional requirements.
With SNAP dollars expected to decrease November 1, Stluka says education is key when making the most out of your dollar at the grocery story especially on a tight budget.
She says when purchasing meat to look to see what's on sale per pound.
"For instance, this boneless pork loin. The whole family might not need to eat the whole entire pork loin but you could cut that up and almost get three suppers out of that whole pork loin and freeze the other two halves,"said Stluka.
Stluka says she worries that families won't be able to afford healthy foods, such as produce, but there are alternative ways that are just as healthy.
"Sometimes fresh isn't going to be an option so we want them to look for those canned choices which a lot of people -- there are so many myths out there but they can be healthy especially if you rinse them and choose those low sodium versions or light syrup," said Stluka.
SNAP wasn't designed to be a family's whole budget. However as food prices continue to rise and SNAP funding decreases, Stluka worries about the effect this will have on those already living on minimum wage.
She thinks families will depend more on programs such as Feeding South Dakota and local food pantries to supplement them with healthy foods.
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