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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

More than 1 million people across Arizona who get food stamps from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, are now getting fewer dollars to spend on groceries.

It is because a stimulus boost in food stamps that started during the great recession is ending.

Faline Flores who just applied for assistance this week, says it could make it more difficult to feed her family, "it's been a really hard time. I'm a college grad and I never imagined that I would be in a position financially unable to care for my family."

According to the National Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a family of four is going to see $36 dollars less a month in SNAP benefits.

The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona says because of the cuts, they expect to see more people coming through for food.

Nationally, the change is expected to trim about $5 billion from food stamp spending, which some say is necessary to reduce government spending.

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