Reductions in the federal food-stamp program that went into effect this month are expected to put an additional strain on families and on local food pantries that were already struggling to meet demand. The reductions – caused by federal stimulus money going away – mean that a family of four will receive about $36 less per month. That is equivalent to losing 27 meals per month, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture calculations. About 317,000 Kansans receive food stamps, or 11 percent of the population. Nearly half of them are children, and 51,000 are elderly or disabled. The average benefit in Kansas is about $4 a day per recipient.
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