Families get ready for food stamp cuts

Sevier County Food Ministry is helping 400 more people than normally would be this time of year. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- More than 16,000 families in Sevier County are about to see a decrease in food stamp benefits on Friday.

In Sevier County, more than $2 million dollars is paid in benefits. Families who depend on this for food will now get 15% less after a cut.

David Willis and Caitlin Phillipson have 2 kids with another on the way.

"Two of us looking for work and trying to figure out how to keep food on the table for the kids," said Willis. "As far as the 100 dollars we're going to be missing it. We're just going to have to save and hope it lasts till the end of the month."

Sevier County Food Ministry worries they may see more people in need. Already they've seen an increase in the number of people who come in to get help.

"We'll probably see a lot of new people, they were able to make it before but they can't quite get there now and they need a little bit of help," said Jim Davis with the ministry. "Well if you're on a tight budget anyway and you have it cut where you don't have that income coming in it's going to hurt you a little bit."

Ahead of the cuts the ministry handed out more than 1600 bags of food.