(CNN) - Americans on food stamps will see a reduction in benefits starting Friday.
For a family of four on the maximum allowed benefits, that's $36 less per month for food on the table.
It sounded like a great idea when it was launched; a program aimed in part, at making school lunches healthier.
"We're determined to finally take on one of the most serious threats to their future. And that is the epidemic of childhood obesity in America today," Michelle Obama said in 2012.
But to fund that war on obesity, the White House borrowed money from the war on hunger.
"Some of the funding. Comes from rolling back temporary increase in food stamp benefits or SNAP as it's now called, starting in the fall of 2013," President Barack Obama said in 2010.
That's now. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, called SNAP, runs out of money from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
"After these cuts, the average benefit per person per meal will be a $1.40," said Stacy Dean with the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities.
The cuts impact 47 million Americans, including 22 million children on food stamps and 9 million elderly or seriously disabled people, according to the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities.
Katherine McKinnon went from grandma to a single mother of three when her daughter died.
Each month, she gets $358 in food stamps to feed a family of four, which is about $4 a meal in a city where a box of cereal at her local store is $4.50. She sells cans to make ends meet.
"No matter how people look at you, you keep your head up," McKinnon said.
The president said he'd negotiate more funding with Congress, but negotiating with Congress right now seems unlikely.
"I know a number of members of Congress have expressed concerns of this offset, being included in the bill and I'm committed to working with them to restore these funds in the future," Obama said in 2010.
His gamble even upset some congressional Democrats.
"I did not want to do that. These were bad choices to make," said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT.
McKinnon already supplements food stamps by eating two meals a day at a soup kitchen.
A Senate version of the next Farm Bill, which funds food stamps, proposes cutting nearly $4 billion more over 10 years.
The one in the House cuts $39 billion more.
For Katherine McKinnon, it's just about making ends meet.
"I'm just learning how to survive," she said.
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