By: Hannah Paczkowski
Marjan Moshiri receives aid through SNAP, and after the temporary boost during the recession expired, she's finding it hard to make ends meet.
"I have two boys, they need food and if I don't have money it's going to be very hard for me to buy for them and they're going to be hungry," she said.
Right now a household of four making less than $2,422 a month is eligible for food stamps. The maximum amount that family can receive is $632 per month, a $36 decrease after the cuts. Because the amount recipients qualify for varies by income, Marjan's family of four gets $400 a month.
"I don't have money to buy groceries for Thanksgiving for my kids and for my family," she said.
That's where the center for people in need comes in, helping out with its 10th annual Giving Thanksgiving distribution. For the next few days, more than 11-thousand people will receive food items and a grocery store gift card to help them create a holiday meal.
"They're a lot of people that we serve that didn't grow up in America and Thanksgiving is a very uniquely American thing, so they can use the gift card to buy something in their traditional culture as well," Sam Huppert, communications coordinator for the Center for People in Need said.
Marjan will be celebrating her fifth Thanksgiving in America after moving here from Iran and she said she couldn't be more thankful for this organization.
"The Center for People In Need, they saved my life. The Center for People in Need, they are my family," she said.
The Center for People in Need said it has plenty of volunteers for this event. Future volunteers and donations are always welcome. For more information on how you can help visit http://centerforpeopleinneed.org/