Hundreds of people in our community go without food every night. Now....word of a budget cut that will make it harder for some families to keep food on the table..
Four years ago, the government boosted food stamp aid. Now, it's on the chopping block.
47-million Americans depend on food assistance known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
In 2009, the federal government gave the average family of four, an additional $80 a month to help ride the recession. In October, that's set to be cut by one fourth.
"The cuts could potentially put less money in the pockets of the folks who need it most, when they need it most," explained Laura Sugarwala, Foodlink Nutrition Resource Manager.
To make up for the anticipated hit folks will be taking to their food stamps, Foodlink is expecting more people to reach here for help.
Those feeling the pinch will have to supplement their grocery store run with food off these shelves.
"Our program partners, our soup kitchens, pantries and shelters see people all the time that are just barely making enough money to put food on the table, or are having to put money toward other things in exchange for not having the food that they need," explained Sugarwala.
That in turn will leave the cupboards at area food pantries bare. Foodlink is asking folks to write to their lawmakers to get the funding restored.