Food stamps scale back next month

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Updated: 10/29/2013 12:49 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Millions of Americans are expected to be impacted when food stamp benefits get reduced next month.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, is scheduled to be scaled back in November, because a recession-era boost in benefits is ending.

"You're supposed to be able to supplement your food income and for some people that's exactly how it works, but for 20% of the people on snap that is their only food budget, so that's only a sign of what has happened the last few years so it really is significant," Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada Jocelyn Lantrip says.

Lantrip explains the benefits Nevadans receive already seem to fall short. She says they see an increase in need from emergency food services by the end of the month, because benefits will run out.

"We know that cuts could be from $20-$25 for a family of three," Lantrip says. "With this information the average daily benefit per person could be about $3.84 per day. This is with the $20 reduction. That is only $1.28 per meal a day."

Lantrip says the Food Bank of Northern Nevada is anticipating an increase in need once the cuts go into effect.

For more information on the Food Bank of Northern Nevada click here.

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buacl - 10/30/2013 7:31 PM
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Are you aware that people who are getting benefits are usually eligible to receive a cell phone for free and that they get an unlimited talk and text plan for free?

mything - 10/29/2013 7:53 PM
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Maybe if they cancel the smart phone plan and just have a regular phone plan they can use that $50+ dollars per month on food for their family

markncarj1 - 10/29/2013 3:20 PM
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Im still wondering why this is important. People who are not starving are getting foods tamps. people getting out of prison are getting food stammps.

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