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Food stamp users to face new challenges after gov't cuts temporary funding to nationwide program

Conn. food stamp users feel the pinch

BRIDGEPORT - The federal government has cut its monetary supply for the nation's food stamp program, leaving the families across southwestern Connecticut with a new set of challenges.

In Bridgeport, unemployed and part-time residents say losing the funding - up to $30 each month - will have a large impact on their households. The money was always temporary after being put in place during the recession with a set expiration date of 2013.

However, people say that doesn't make their situations any easier. "I'm a single mom," says Bridgeport resident Theresa Day. "And I got two kids to feed, plus rent, bills. It's not easy."

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are trying to keep the program intact, but realize it may be an uphill battle.

The cuts are likely to affect 47 million people around the country.

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