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Food Stamps amounts decrease for thousands of local families

ESCAMBIA COUNTY  --    Escambia County - Thousands of families in our area are having to feed their families for less this month. After drastic cuts to the food stamp program.
   
More than 33,000 families in Escambia County rely on food stamps, 9,000 in Santa Rosa, and 11,000 in Okaloosa County.

 In September those families got nearly 14-million dollars in electronic benefits.... out of nearly 500-million dollars in benefits state wide.

The cuts will save the state 24-million dollars a month....
Autumn Beede and her family were receiving around $530 a month on food stamps. That cost has been cut by $170 and her refrigerator is already telling signs."
    
"I really need this. It was a blessing to get it any way, but I really need what I was getting in order to provide," said Beede.
   
Autumn has been getting food stamps for the past two years. She just started to receive child support for her two children and the amount was cut.. Now, with more cuts this month she doesn't know how she's going to feed her family.

 "I feel like I'm a little bit of a disappointment to my children because I can't provide what they really need right now," said Beede.
   
Autumn doesn't work and lives on a fixed income.     
"My son has a very special ADHD disorder and it requires me to be with him all the time," said Beede.
   
Staring at her bills she wonders how she is going to budget for groceries. She says her food stamp budget might buy enough food to last for two weeks.

"It's just a struggle every day to make it and this just did not help," said Beede.
Autumn is not alone $5 billion has been cut from the program nationally after funding ran out.
     
"With the economy going right now it just makes it worse on a lot of people I think they ought to put it back," said Joe Alnoso.   
   
Others think the cuts are fair.
"I think it's fair with the amount of social programs out there now a days I mean my golly where is the incentive to go work for a living," said Jim Summers.
    
Autumn says she plans to start clipping coupons to help save money during the month.