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Food stamp cuts to affect 700K in Mississippi

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HORN LAKE, Miss. (FOX13) -

Starting Friday, Nov. 1, cuts to food stamp programs are scheduled to go into effect meaning less money for groceries for 47 million Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Mid-Southerners.

One of the hardest hit states is Mississippi. Among those worried about the cuts is Horn Lake, Miss., single mother Lesley Tice.

"I have four kids and I work two part-time jobs; one at Kangaroo in Robinsonville," Tice said. "I receive food stamps and Medicaid."

Tice will lose about $36 a month in benefits. About 700,000 Mississippians rely on food stamps or an EBT card.

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"It's going to make me struggle more because by the time I pay my bills with my two part-time jobs, I depend on my food stamps to feed me and my kids," Tice said.

She said she could cover the loss with another part-time job, but that creates another difficulty.

"I have two part-time jobs and I may have to get a third part-time job, but that is going to make it where my kids not going to get Medicaid," she said. "I have my daughter and she is bipolar. She takes three different medications and if she doesn't have those medicines she hears voices and sees things.

"So she needs her medication," Tice added. "But if I get another job to help pay to feed my kids they might not pay for Medicaid anymore."

Tice said the government needs to rethink the cuts to the food stamp program.

"I just know President Obama and everyone else has got plenty of money to feed their kids," she said. "They are not worried about what they are doing for people in the middle or lower class."

 

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