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Food stamp reduction to hit 1.5 million in NC

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

A reduction in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be a big blow to 1.5 million North Carolinians.

The decrease, starting this month, marks the end of a federal stimulus increase.

According to state social services, a family of four with no income was getting $668 in food stamps a month. But starting Nov. 1, there will be a $36 cut.

Wayne Black, director of social services, said that on average, it's a 5.4 percent reduction in benefits.

Some families are now finding other ways to makes ends meet.

Crystal Stanfield, a food stamp recipient, turned to the Catholic Charities food pantry in Raleigh to stock up on groceries. She said she's worried about feeding her son.

"Things that I can buy, I do," Stanfield said.

She said she needs assistance to purchase gas as well as food for her son.

The Catholic Charities food bank served more than 12,000 people in October, the third-largest number of people they have ever helped. Representatives from the pantry said food stamp deductions will create even more demand, and it might cause the organization to cut back.

"Right now, we give out close to a week's worth of groceries, so it may be cut back to about five days' worth of groceries," said Terry Foley from the Catholic Parish Outreach.

The pantry helps many families who are unemployed or under-employed and moms with young kids.

 

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