Churches and non-profits are bracing for an increase in people seeking food assistance.
Beginning Friday, about 47 million families will receive less in food stamps. That means a struggling family of four will lose about $36 a month.
The cuts are expected to save $5 billion from the $80 billion program next year. That money came from the 2009 stimulus bill, but it's set to expire.
Church leaders in eight southeastern states don't want the program to end because they say their congregations won't be able to fill the gaps.