Increased payroll taxes means less money in your paychecks and could also leave people turning to local charities to fill the gaps.
At Loaves and Fishes in south Charlotte, they expect to face challenges across the board trying to feed families this year.
Executive Director Beverly Howard said her working clients will really feel the impact of the additional 2 percent in payroll taxes set to hit upcoming checks.
"The rent's not going to go down, or the utilities, and the food budget is where they have a little flexibility." Howard said, "So that's going to cut into the food budget."
In a year where we will see higher prices at the grocery store, it could leave many turning to charities to make ends meet.
Loaves and Fishes has a warehouse filled with donations of non-perishable foods, but the organization still has to buy fresh foods like eggs, meat and bread.
The organization spent a record $1.2 million on groceries in 2012. Donations help to ease that burden.
Howard said most of their donors are middle class and with the payroll tax changes, they may not have the extra money to give.
"The majority of our donors quietly send us checks for $100 or $200 throughout the year." Howard said, "These tax changes are going to affect them."
Crisis Assistance Ministry assists people with things like housing and utilities. Their CEO said many of their clients have struggled financially for some time, and the agency's primary focus will be helping them to make ends meet to so they don't end up losing their homes.