Cuts Coming For Food Stamp Program

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They used to be called food stamps.

Now it's called SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

No matter the name, when November vouchers are sent out, the number after the dollar sign will be smaller.

A 2009 stimulus to the program will expire at the end of October.

The bigger the household, the bigger the cut in the voucher.

"It's like getting a raise in your job and having it for a few years and having it taken away," said Melinda Gault, executive director of the Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County.

The hardest hit families are those with children.

Families of four will lose $36 per month regardless of family income.

The CAPC is taking action to help out families that have to do more with less.

For families that do run out of food stamp money, the food pantry at the CAPC is there to help.

"We've been reminding them that these changes are coming very soon and to try to budget for that," said Gault.

That will require some planning.

"We're trying to help them budget when losing that $36, refer them maybe to different grocery stores, maybe the way that they're shopping may have an effect," said Barbara Beach, nutrition outreach and education program manager.

It's an attempt by the CAPC to carry on the goal of food stamps - to keep food in the mouths of the most vulnerable.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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