Created: 01/07/2014 7:53 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Some help is on the way for those whose food benefits were cut in 2013.
In November, the federal government slashed millions of dollars to the food stamp program The Department of Agriculture now plans to buy up to $126.4 million worth of food that will be passed on to food banks and shelters across the country.
The food is coming from a separate USDA operation known as "The Emergency Food Assistance Program." More than 47 million people across the country depend on the help from food stamps, also known as SNAP.
Around 500,000 New Mexicans are signed up for SNAP benefits. According to the Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico, the majority of people who get help from food stamps are children at 49 percent. Adults make up 45 percent of the need and the elderly total 6 percent.
Congress has yet to agree on a new plan that would cover the SNAP program.
On average, a family of four now sees about $40 less each month for food.
It's not clear when local shelters and food banks will start seeing the emergency food come in.