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SNAP Cuts Felt at Southern NV Salvation Army

PHOTO: The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada is feeding a lot more people after cuts to the program once known as Food Stamps started. Image courtesy of The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada.
PHOTO: The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada is feeding a lot more people after cuts to the program once known as Food Stamps started. Image courtesy of The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada.
November 19, 2013

LAS VEGAS – The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada is feeding a lot more people after cuts to the program once known as food stamps took hold in early November.

Benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Prgram, or SNAP, dropped by 5 percent.

Leslee Rogers, public relations officer with the Salvation Army of Southern Nevada, says the reduction is equal to $36 per month for a family of four.

She says it may not sound like much to many Americans, but it can mean many lost meals to those barely surviving.

"We saw an increase almost immediately to about 225 families a day,” she says. “And then in the last week, we're looking at nearly 250 families a day. A year ago we were seeing half that number."

Rogers adds another cause for the increased demand is unemployment benefits ending for many Americans.

She says The Salvation Army can make good use of all food donations.

"Peanut butter and jelly are huge,” she says. “Canned proteins like canned chicken, tuna, even stews and things like that."

The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada provides about 1,000 hot meals per day.


Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV