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Congress set to compromis on farm bill cuts
The holidays are a little harder for families that rely on food stamps.
Many were hoping Congress would restore cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- or "SNAP" -- before the end of the year.
But lawmakers adjourned without coming up with a compromise.
Jake Whittenberg looks at how this will impact people.
That adds up when you've got a family of 3 or 4, and to run short on milk is just an essential thing for your children to have.
George Butler is not just an employee of the Sky Valley Food Bank in Monroe, but he and his three children use the food bank every week.
For a family of four like his, the SNAP cuts mean about $450 less per year to spend on food.
Since Congress made cuts to the farm bill, the legislation that includes food stamps, food banks report an increase in the need as well.
More people now require more visits to these aisles and that's putting pressure on these local organizations to keep up with the need.
For those who need the help seeing the extra need is enough to make them emotional.
"And I've also noticed that there are so many in need... Yeah."
"What I'm hoping is we can watch what we are spending in the big picture, and whether the government makes the choices of where the money really needs to be."
Lead negotiators on the farm bill have said they intend to unveil a framework for a compromise bill in early January.