The February 2014 presidential approval of the Farm Bill entails an $8 billion cut from SNAP over the next 10 years. This means 850,000 families will see an average $90 monthly drop in their food budget.
Millions of others who don't qualify for benefits, but who still struggle to feed their families, are finding the aisles of their local food banks more crowded with fellow shoppers than ever before.
We asked our readers, via our comments and Facebook, to share their strategies for making the most of their limited food funds. Here's what they had to say.
Shop smartly and think ahead
Grow your own
Pump up the protein
Double your dollars
Shop around creatively
Comments have been edited for brevity and clarity.
Learn more ways to help the hungry people around you at CNN Impact Your World and please share your strategies in the comments below.
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