Lincoln Families of four receiving snap benefits will have $36 less each month starting Friday.
The cuts will put pressure on local food banks and on the LPS backpack program.
Backpacks packed with food from the Food Bank of Lincoln go home with students every week. However, with a long waiting list and the increased need due to SNAP cutbacks, there is just not enough to meet everyone's needs.
"We're going to continue to try and grow the program. Right now it's become so big that one of our primary missions is just to sustain the program where it is but we're always looking for innovative ways to get more food to more kids and more families," said Scott Young, Lincoln Food Bank's Executive Director.
If you're interested in helping the program, Young said both volunteering and donating money help the program.
With higher demand on resources like the Lincoln Food Bank, school meal programs are more important than ever.
45% of Lincoln Public Schools students participate in free and reduced meal programs. Many of those take the school's lunch, but fewer eat breakfast at school.
"Many of the families that receive snap benefits are participating in lunch, we serve about 25,000 students every day, but we only see about 6,000 students coming to school breakfast, so we know there are a lot of famlies who are eligable for free breakfast who aren't participating in that program," said Jessie Coffee from LPS Nutrition Services.
Coffey said they encourage more students to use the breakfast program now that it may be more difficult for families to afford meals at home. She said it's easy to enroll. Building seceretaries have aplications, and it can be found on the LPS website as well.