WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Times are tough, but for those who rely on SNAP benefits, Purdue Extension Executive Director Angie Abbott said things just got tougher.
"We all have limited resources, and we all have to make to make decisions," said Abbott.
Friday is the first day SNAP cuts set in across America. On average, a family of four will lose about $36 a month in food stamps.
"We know if families go without additional resources, then they have to cut somewhere, and food can sometimes be one of those," said Abbott.
Despite the SNAP cuts, Abbott said a family can still make the most of their food stamps, but she said, it's all about what they choose to put in their cart.
"Prepare a list ahead of time, thinking about what meals we're going to have throughout the week, and then when we get to the grocery store, stick to that list that we prepared," said Abbott. "Also, having recipes or the knowledge and skill that it takes to prepare that meal when we get home."
If you're not sure how to make the most of your grocery list, Abbott said look no further than the Purdue Extension offices.
She said SNAP education classes are offered to help make sure you know how to shop smart.
"They work with them to think about, 'How can I stretch my very limited resources to make the very best choices at the grocery store?'"
Abbot said the classes are offered in every county, free of charge. For more on the classes, click here.
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