Single mother Cheong Ghi-chon says she will be cutting back on food for her two children because of the welfare cuts. Ms Cheong, 37, started looking for ways to reduce expenses yesterday after hearing public assistance for her three-member family would be trimmed by 10 per cent from June. 'It's very difficult. We spend only on necessities now. Expenses like rent cannot be cut,' she said. 'The only travel expense we have is the $2 daily tram trip my son takes to school. I walk my daughter to school and we walk to Hong Kong Park or the Zoological and Botanical Gardens from our Wan Chai home on weekends.' Ms Cheong now receives about $9,500 in public assistance, including $3,700 in rent subsidy. She lives with her daughter, seven, and son, 13, in a bedroom, and says most of their money is spent on food. 'I can only spend $20 a meal. I make soup for my children twice a week. But with the cut, I think I will only be able to make it once a week,' she said. 'People look down on people like us. If I had a choice, I'd rather earn my own money. But I have got to take care of my children who are too young.' Ling Lau, 43, a single mother living with her 16-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son on $11,400 public assistance, including $4,060 in rent subsidy, shared Ms Cheong's concerns. 'With the cut, my two children won't be able to enjoy sausage bread rolls for breakfast every day. They'll have to have plain bread instead,' she said. She said the cutting of grants for glasses and her $80 monthly telephone bill would add to her burden.