47 million Americans impacted by Friday's food stamp cuts

47 million Americans face food stamp cuts

At midnight Friday, Americans depending on food stamps to feed their families will see a reduction in benefits of $36 a month and the cuts coming Friday are all thanks to a war on obesity that started four years ago.

In 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama said it's a serious battle the country needed to win.

"We're determined to finally take on one of the most serious threats to their future. And that is the epidemic of childhood obesity in America today."

But to fight the war on obesity, the White House had to pay for it by making cuts to the war on hunger.

President Barack Obama in 2009: "Some of the funding comes from rolling back temporary increase in food stamp benefits or SNAP as it's now called, starting in the fall of 2013."

Those cuts have arrived and SNAP is out of money from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

On average, the benefits for a family of four is $1.50. According to Stacy Dean with the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities, that average will drop a dime.

"After these cuts, the average benefit per person per meal will be a dollar and 40 cents," Dean said.

A dime a meal may not sound like much but it all adds up to a drop in almost $40 per month.

According to the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities, The cuts will impact 47 million Americans. Almost half, 22 million, are children while another 9 million are elderly or seriously disabled.

Katherine McKinnon went from grandma to single mother of three when her daughter died. Each month, she gets $358 in food stamps to feed a family of four in New York City. That comes out to $4 a meal in a city where a box of cereal costs $4.50. So she does what she can to make ends meet: recycles.

"No matter how people look at you. you keep your head up," McKinnon told CNN.

On year after the cuts were enabled, the President has said he would negotiate more funding with congress.

"I know a number of members of congress have expressed concerns of this offset, being included in the bill and I'm committed to working with them to restore these funds in the future," President Obama said in 2010.

But that now seems unlikely.

His gamble wasn't just upsetting to republicans. Congressional democrats have voiced their opposition as well.

"I did not want to do that.," Rep. Rosa DeLauro, (D) Connecticut said. "These were bad choices to make."

These cuts could be just the beginning. A Senate version of the next farm bill, which funds food stamps, proposes cutting nearly $4 billion more in the next decade. The House version of the bill would cut $39 billion more.