Food stamps cut from $500 to $16 for single mother of 4

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NC – Families count on every penny they get from the federal food stamp program, changes to the program mean reductions in household budgets, but not many are like the one found in west Charlotte.

We are digging for answers for a single mother who’s dealing with the tremendous challenge.

It is lunchtime at Sara Grier’s house. Ramen noodles for all four kids.

“At this point I don’t know what were going to do,” she says after receiving a notice that she will only get $16 a month in food stamps from now on. She was receiving more than $500.

The single mom is dealing with cuts to the food stamps program that went into effect nationally on Friday. Most people face a five percent cut, but for some reason — Sara’s is much more dramatic.

“I never thought that it would hit my home,” she says.

Sara, a single mom, works hard at the only job she could find.

She’s paid $11 dollars an hour, 30 hours a week, totaling $17,000 a year.

Her 11-year-old daughter India says,

“Since this happened the amount of food we get has gone down, but we still get fed — and I’m happy for that.”

“In a house for a single mom, grocery money is also the light bill, it’s the rent, it’s gas so they can get to games,” Sara says.

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