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Food Bank: SNAP Cuts Will Hurt Nevada's Hungriest

IMAGE: Cuts to the program formerly known as Food Stamps will hurt Nevada's hungriest residents, according to Jocelyn Lantrip with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Image courtesy of the U.S. government.
IMAGE: Cuts to the program formerly known as Food Stamps will hurt Nevada's hungriest residents, according to Jocelyn Lantrip with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Image courtesy of the U.S. government.
October 7, 2013

RENO, Nev. - The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is concerned that billions of dollars in cuts to the program formerly called Food Stamps will hurt the state's hungriest residents. The U.S. House voted last month to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Jocelyn Lantrip, marketing director, Food Bank of Northern Nevada, said families already struggling to survive will be burdened even more than they are now.

"When you are trying to help provide food for your family at a price of $4 a day for one person," Lantrip said, "you know every single penny counts."

Lantrip said some clients of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada say they don't know how they will survive on less than their current benefits. The final amount of the cut has yet to be decided by Congress. The House plan has to be reconciled with the Senate plan in a complete Farm Bill.

Four billion dollars cut from the SNAP program each year would amount to a massive amount of food not going to the hungriest of Americans, she warned.

"Those cuts equal more than all of the food distributed by all of the Feeding America Food Banks across the country," Lantrip said.

The cuts to the program could potentially double the demand on food banks each year, according to Lantrip.

More information is available at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada website, www.fbnn.org.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV