HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- Starting in November SNAP benefits for folks in the Valley are decreasing.
There is no telling where Sidney Renalds will end up tonight. Not only is he without a job, but he is homeless and lives on the $200 he receives in SNAP benefits which he says already isn't enough.
"I try to cook at different places when I can, but usually I am grabbing sandwiches, convenience stores on the run, and that really adds up," said Renalds.
Pretty soon he will receive less money. Something Carolyn Harlow with the Harrisonburg Rockingham County Department of Social Services is worried about for the people she serves.
"They are living on a limited amount of income and groceries and gas are going up. Unfortunately when you take away it can be very hard and cause a hardship on the family," said Harlow.
In 2009, SNAP benefits went up 13.6 percent because of federal stimulus money. The money is going away this year and the average family can expect benefits to drop 5.4 percent right here in the Valley.
When you add up all the numbers, Harlow said the cuts will impact everyone not just those receiving benefits.
"Can see a decrease to the economy because they won't have much money to spend, so food banks may also be impacted by this," said Harlow.
As for Renalds, it is the difference of eating or not.
"I am just keeping my fingers crossed and knocking on wood," said Renalds.
Notices for people who receive SNAP benefits are on their way to let them know how much they'll be impacted.