Nearly 1 in 4 people in Racine County affected by food stamp cuts

CREATED Nov 4, 2013

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 RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Almost a quarter of Racine County residents will be affected by cuts to their food-stamp benefits after a temporary boost that was part of the 2009 federal stimulus law has expired.

The Journal Times of Racine says nearly 47,000 Racine County residents will receive fewer benefits. More recipients will see cuts in Milwaukee and Dane counties, but those areas have more people.

In Racine County, the reductions are expected to affect 24 percent of the population, including 43 percent of the children living there.

Forty-three-year-old Rochelle Earle uses food stamps to help feed her two children while she works on a degree at Gateway Technical College and looks for a job. Earle says the cuts will be particularly hard on families with children.