Services helping low-income families are concerned about the possible impact on their non-profit if lawmakers take drastic cuts to the federal food stamp program.
One such organization is the Banquet which gives a warm meal to anyone in need in the Sioux Falls area.
Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to slash $40 billion dollars over the next ten years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which is intended to help poor individuals and families afford food.
If the cuts happen, Banquet administration says the lines into their kitchen will be even longer.
Volunteers are prepared to serve 475 people a pork loin dinner including Dawn, who only wanted to tell us her first name.
While legally blind, she uses the Banquet to supplement her small food budget, made up mostly of federal dollars.
"I come for suppers maybe three or four times a week," Dawn said.
On busy nights, up to 600 people walk through this line, particularly when SNAP benefits run low, according to Executive Director Tamera Jerke-Liesinger said.
"The 28th of any given month to the 9th of the next month, those are busy times for us because that is when those food stamp dollars are running low, so our numbers are high those days,"Jerke-Liesinger said.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates the $4 billion a year cuts would deprive 4 million people of SNAP benefits next year, people who will likely turn to the Banquet at near-record numbers.
"If there were cuts made, it would impact those people a great deal, it would make it difficult for them to provide meals for their families which would make our numbers go even higher," Jerke-Liesinger said.
While Dawn is no longer eligible for SNAP benefits, she says the cuts would have an impact on people she knows.
"I know a few that it would effect and a few people around town that I know that are on food stamps or on SNAP, that it will affect," Dawn said.
The SNAP reduction still have to be approved by the Senate.
But more cuts are coming down the pipeline. The South Dakota Department of Social Services says reductions of $11 dollars per month/per person will go in effect in November when 2008 federal stimulus legislation expires.