Food stamp cuts hit home in greater Chattanooga area

photo Shawnna Tipton, right, came to Metropolitan Ministries in Chattanooga to get assistance with a bill and talked with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank's SNAP program outreach coordinator, Laura Kilpatrick, about signing up again for food stamps. Kilpatrick gave Tipton a local number to call for assistance if she isn't able to sign up the next time she tries.

AT A GLANCEAbout the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program:* Average monthly benefit: About $275 per household nationally* People affected: 1 in 7 Americans receives benefits* Program's cost: Almost $80 billion a yearU.S. Department of AgricultureWHO IS ELIGIBLEOverview: Most American citizens or legal immigrants with little income and few resources can receive nutrition assistance through the food stamp program.