On Friday, the federal food stamp program was cut by more than $5 billion per year because the 2009 economic stimulus increase ran out. The program provides about $80 billion a year in aid to about 47 million people, or 14 percent of U.S. households, including about a half million people in Colorado. When Jessica O’Neil of Fountain heard the news, she broke into tears. The $20 she will lose each month might not sound like much to some people - maybe a few lattes or a new blouse or some movie tickets. But for those barely getting by - the elderly on fixed incomes, children in impoverished families, single mothers, the working poor - it can mean the difference between a modest meal or going hungry.