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Food banks anticipate increase in need with SNAP reductions

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Food banks anticipate increase in need with SNAP reductions

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Local food banks are expecting an increase in demand as a cut in the federal food stamp program takes effect today.

A family of four on food stamps will see their benefits shrink by about $36 a month due to a $5 billion reduction in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Mike Cohen with the Bellingham Food Bank says many families on food stamps already come to the food bank on a regular basis, and cuts means they will probably be coming in more frequently.

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He says people who want to help local families that are struggling with hunger should donate food or money, or volunteer at the food bank.

The reduction in SNAP funding is a result of lawmakers in Washington D.C. deciding not to extend added benefits that came with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009.