San Antonio Food Bank workers pack boxes for families and seniors who need extra help putting food on the table. Wayne Belk and his 12-year-old daughter, Crystal, visit the food bank twice a month.
"I have asthma and my dad can't provide me with inhalers right now, at least I can know there's people actually caring about us right now, " said Crystal.
In November , the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits, will be cut. The stimulus that increased the food stamp program will expire. For Wayne, a 9/11 veteran who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression, he said the news is worrisome.
"It's very difficult during these times to find jobs, so when congress cuts these benefits, it just makes the depression and the PTSD kick in a lot more ," said Wayne.
According to the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, a family of three will have their benefits cut by $29 a month.
SNAP benefits last clients two and a half to three weeks. With the benefit cuts, food will last half as long. That's added pressure on the San Antonio Food Bank.
Eric Cooper, President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank said, “We're anxious, at best, that we will not be able to meet that gap that's going to be created by this $40 billion cut."
Wayne knows once the benefit cuts take place, he will struggle even more.
"My PTSD and depression all fall into effect if I can't provide for the wife and the daughter. Companies out there can't help we have to rely on SNAP and the food bank to assist us," said Wayne.
In August, Texas Health and Human Services reported that approximately 3.4 million Texans participated in the SNAP program.
The total economic benefit to Bexar County was more than $32 million in September alone.