LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Families across southwest Florida will have less money to keep food on the table.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as "food stamps" lost $5 billion on Friday.
Michelle Brinser has been receiving SNAP benefits for three years, since she and her husband, Randy had their first son. The Brinsers now have three sons and are expecting a fourth child.
Michelle is a stay-at-home mom and Randy is a cook at a local restaurant.
"With only one person working, trying to get everything done -- car insurance paid, gas for the week, doctor appointments -- it's a problem," Randy said.
The Brinsers turn to the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Fort Myers for help, plus their SNAP benefits enable them to spend about $200 every two weeks on groceries. Now, they'll need to slash that budget.
"it's going to impact us a lot," Michelle said. "that means we'll have les food on the table for the boys, and that's my biggest concern."
Temporary increases to SNAP expired on Nov. 1, which means the Brinsers, along with millions of other American families will lose approximately $36 per month in assistance.
Michelle said she is not sure how she will make do without that money.
According to USDA standards, $36 is enough to purchase 22 pounds of food, or 18 individual meals.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank is bracing for that impact.
"(Families) are going to turn to food pantries, soup kitchens or other groups that can help them put food on the table, which in turn, means we're going to have to get more food out the door to them," said Miriam Pereria, the food bank's development director. "if that means having to figure out a way to get more food through our resources, then we'll figure it out as best we can."