Sweeping cuts to U.S. food stamps will kick in today and many people who depend on the program to put breakfast, lunch and dinner on the table are bracing for the impact.
The automatic cuts, which total about $5 billion, are a result of the expiration of temporary funds from a 2009 stimulus.
Americans are expected to suffer an average loss of $36 a month from a $275.13 per household benefit. There are a near-record 47.6 million Americans, representing 23.1 million households, on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Photo: A sign in a market window advertises the acceptance of food stamps in New York City. (Getty Images, via NBCNews.com)