The new Farm Bill cuts about $8 million out of the Federal Food Stamp Program per year, which is 1% of the $80 billion program.
More than 14,000 people in Pennington County alone are certified to participate in the program. More than 100,000 in the state, according to data from the South Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
At Don's Valley Market, KOTA-TA talked with shoppers who differed on how they felt about the cuts to the program. But everyone who would speak on camera says the cuts are too deep." There's a lot of people that do need the help and are doing their best and just need a little boost," said Karin Foster. "And taking that away from them is not good for the economy."
Jackie Oeleis says people need others to help them. "There are people out there that need help. People that get food stamps - they need help," said Oeleis. "And we have a right to help
them. So I think the government should not cut their money but give them what they need."
The 1% cut to the program is a compromised reached. The initial proposal from September would have cut 5%.
An official with the South Dakota Department of Social Services says the department is still currently reviewing the potential affect of the farm bill.