Food stamp cuts: Mom doesn't know what she'll do

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will be getting less money beginning November 1st. Tens of thousands of Idahoans will be affected.

Jennifer Horton, a mother of three, says the food stamp program, also known as SNAP, has kept her family afloat in hard times. Her husband works a full time job, and she picks up side jobs where she can. But she says they still need help to provide meals for their three kids.

"If we didn't have the snap program, we would really be in a world of hurt," Horton said, "It would be a situation where either we pay our power bill, or we buy food for our kids so that our kids can eat."

Because of SNAP cuts, the family will be given $45 less in assistance every mont. Horton says that means a few less meals.

"It's going to be a stretch for us," she said, "At the end of the month, it's like saying, 'You don't need to eat the last week of the month.'"

In Ada County, nearly 46,000 people use the food stamp program. In Canyon County, more that 41,000 use it. And in Elmore County, 3,300 people are on food stamp assistance.