If new SNAP requirements go into effect, it'll leave more than 700,000 Americans without assistance.
Food banks in Central New York said a decrease in SNAP benefits means an increase in food insecurity which would impact recipients and food pantries.
"Anytime that there are structural changes to who is eligible for SNAP, folks see either a loss of benefits or a decrease in benefits and that in turn translates to more people have an increase in food insecurity. So more folks have to turn to their local food pantry or soup kitchen for food assistance," said Becky Lare, director of government relations at the Food Bank of CNY.
The organization says there has always been a need and taking away benefits will remove one piece of recipient's stability.
"We always have people who struggle everyday and sometimes it's hard for families to make ends meet," Michele Jordan, executive director of Interreligious Food Consortium added.
Although many people the organizations suppport work, it's still not enough.
"For people who have struggled and have a part time job, it's still hard. There could be expenses: utility, transportation; if you don't have a vehicle, you have to rely on the bus," said Jordan.
They say even with a job, pantries and SNAP, it still may not be enough.
"A food bank is meant to be supplemental, SNAP is meant to be supplemental. So, anytime you take any of these pieces or reduce one of these pieces, it provides more of a burden on families."
The holiday season brings in many donations but food bank organizers tell us spring and summer— when the new requirements would go into affect— are especially difficult for families.
The national decision for less benefits, poses a greater need locally— a need they're determined to meet.
"Our mission is to support the pantries and help those in need. We've done it for thirty years and we'll continue to do it."