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SNAP cuts could put pressure on local food banks

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SNAP benefits will be reduced nationwide today.

The cuts come as a result of the 2009 stimulus program ending.

Over 47 million Americans receive SNAP benefits and many local families will experience the five percent benefit reduction.

That gap will cause many families to turn to other food suppliers such as local food banks.

Beth Lutjen, Manager of Financial Services at Commonwealth Catholic Charities, says the organization is expecting to see an increase in demand almost immediately.

"There will be an influx of people that are panicKing before its actually even difficult," says Lutjen. She then expects to see the cuts set in around the holidays as people have higher heating bills and parents will have to provide food for their children during over school breaks.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities is hosting a food drive this weekend to try and prepare for the increased demand.

Volunteers will be at six local Krogers from 9am-2pm collecting food.

Stations will be set up at Cave Spring Corners, Towers, Tanglewood, Lakeside, Spartan Square, and Hollins Krogers.




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