Charleston dietitian Amy Gannon said she's worried the decrease will have a negative affect on SNAP families' health, especially children.
"Thirty six dollars doesn't seem like a lot, but if your food budget is $200 a month, $36 is a significant chunk of that. You're talking about milk and cereal and meat," she said. "They have low paying jobs, or they wouldn't' be on SNAP to begin with. You're talking about children who go hungry."
Gannon, who works at Charleston Area Medical Center's Healthy Kids Weight Management Clinic, said many children have a problem with being overfed but undernourished. They are overweight because their parents don't have much money to buy food, and end up purchasing a lot of processed, fatty foods because they are often cheaper than healthier alternatives.
SNAP helps those parents stretch their food budgets.
House Republicans in September narrowly passed a bill slicing $40 billion from SNAP appropriations over the next decade.
The Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate likely will not take up that bill. President Barack Obama also has threatened to veto the legislation.
More than 47.7 million people nationwide participate in SNAP.