3 If you rely on food stamps - you'll be feeling a crunch starting today. A 2009 increase in food stamp benefits expires - which means millions of Americans will have LESS money to spend on groceries. Channel 4's Erica Rakow joins us LIVE - Erica, you went to a local food bank that's already strapped for ways to help people in need. 3 3 WE DID.. THEY'VE ALREADY BEEN DEALING WITH A DECREASE IN DONATIONS AND NOW.. A DECREASE IN FUNDS FOR PEOPLE ON FOOD STAMPS IS WORRISOME FOR THEM. TODAY, FIVE BILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS GOES INTO EFFECT. 3 :00-:06:12-:20:35-:45DENISE BELSCH IS ONE OF MORE THAN 47 MILLION AMERICANS RECEIVING FOOD STAMPS WHO WILL SEE THEIR BENEFITS GO DOWN STARTING TODAY. BEFORE THE CUTS.. SHE WAS ONLY GETTING 39-DOLLARS A MONTH.10-29 6P PKG FOOD STAMP CUTS DENISE BELSCH/SNAP RECIPIENT "it's kind of devastating because today your income don't go nowhere. My income...I'm on Disability and that pays my rent and my JEA. And then....I'm broke." A TEMPORARY BENEFIT FROM THE 2009 ECONOMIC STIMULUS THAT BOOSTS FOOD STAMP DOLLARS RUNS OUT TODAY.ACCORDING TO THE AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT, THAT MEANS A FAMILY OF FOUR RECEIVING FOOD STAMPS WILL GET 36-DOLLARS LESS A MONTH.BONNIE MCNULTY/CO-DIRECTOR OF MANDARIN FOODBANK 15:47:31 if you have a family of four for instance and you might have one teenager in that family. They're appetites are insatiable and so you have to choose whether to fill their bellies or give them good nutrition.TEACHING GOOD NUTRITION IS WHAT THE MANDARIN FOOD BANK TRIES TO DO.. WHILE HELPING HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN THE AREA.THAT MISSION BECOMES EVEN MORE DIFFICULT TO ACCOMPLISH TODAY..THESE CUTS ARE LEAVING FOOD BANKS WITH ALREADY SPOTTY SHELVES SEARCHING FOR MORE FOOD AND MONEY TO FEED THE ANTICIPATED RISE IN PEOPLE LOOKING FOR ASSISTANCE.15:53:19 as you can see we don't have enough product to fill the shelves for a week in some areas especially the more expensive areas like canned protein, tuna and canned meat THE BENEFITS GO DOWN JUST AS CONGRESS BEGINS NEGOTIATIONS ON A WIDE-RANGING FARM BILL WHICH COULD INCLUDE FURTHER CUTS TO THE PROGRAM. THE FLUCTUATING AMOUNT OF DOLLARS RECIPIENTS GET IS FRUSTRATING FOR BOTH PEOPLE TRYING TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND THOSE LOOKING FOR THE HELP.10-29 6P PKG FOOD STAMP CUTS "There are people out here that really, really need help. Like me, I was one of those people that worked their whole lives. Now that I need help, I can't get it." 3 THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SAYS ABOUT 193-THOUSAND PEOPLE RECEIVE FOOD STAMP BENEFITS HERE IN DUVAL COUNTY.ANOTHER NOTE.. AS FOOD BANKS PREPARE FOR A WAVE OF MORE PEOPLE NEEDING HELP.. THEY'RE ALSO PREPARING FOR THE HOLIDAYS. MANDARIN FOOD BANK IS SLATED TO DONATE THANKSGIVING MEALS TO 500 PEOPLE ON NOVEMBER 25.. TODAY IS NOVEMBER 1 AND THEY HAVE ZERO TURKEYS. NOW MORE THAN EVER THEY'RE ASKING FOR DONATIONS.