Food Stamp Program Cuts Likely to Affect Local Food Pantries

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Families that use the Food Stamp Program all across the United States are now getting less money to buy food. That's because a temporary increase to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that began in 2009 as part of the federal stimulus act ended Friday.

More than 860,000 people in Wisconsin are affected. Research analysts predict a family of three will see benefits go down about $29 per month. That decrease could mean more families turning to local food pantries for help.

Jean Berna with the St. Paul Lutheran Food Pantry in Stevens Point says they've already seen an increase from last yea to this year.

"Last year the average was 40 bags. Since I've been on, it's been closer to 60 and I'm assuming it's because of the economy," Berna tells NewsChannel 7.

Berna says the upcoming holidays coupled with the cuts to the Food Stamp Program will certainly increase the demand for goods from their pantry. She adds you can help with the increase by donating to your local food pantries.

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