(Washington, DC)  --  Millions of Americans will receive less in food stamp assistance beginning this Friday. 

The federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will cut benefits for more than 47-million people as increases made during the economic crisis expire. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that benefits for a family of four receiving the maximum amount will shrink by $36 a month, or $432 dollars over the course of an entire year. 

Economists expect the benefit cut to also affect local communities, as every dollar of SNAP benefit spending is estimated to generate a dollar and 70 cents in economic activity.