BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - At the stroke of midnight on November 1st a temporary boost in food stamp benefits will end and 5 billion dollars will be cut from the budget.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the cuts would trim away $36 a month for a family of four getting the maximum benefit of $668 a month.
More than 47 million Americans rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program known as SNAP or more widely known as food stamps.
23ABC spoke to one woman who can barely make ends meet with the current budget she receives.
"It's stressful when you don't have food for your kids, it's really hard", Kathleen Darwin explained.
The mother of four worries the downsize will only lead to bigger problems for the entire community.
Darwin said, "If they do they'll be a lot more crime because people get hungry and what are they going to do? They're going to steal".