The average family of four who depend on food stamps will see an average cut of $36 a month beginning today.   Nearly 48 million Americans will be affected by the cut back.  

The government says that increases made to their supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) during the economic crisis are now expiring.   Many anti-poverty groups have warned that cutting ht program will leave millions of Americans vulnerable.   The slash in the program also means less money for discount grocers, dollar stores and gas stations that rely on low-income shoppers.  

In Massachusetts, nearly 889,000 people will be affected by the SNAP cuts, with 334,000 being children.