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Local Families Feeling Food Benefit Cuts
DAYTON -- Dayton is near the top of the list for food insecurity in our country, coming in at number four.
According to a report from the Food Research and Action Center, more than one in five residents don't know where their next meal is going to come from.
Only three other cities are hungrier than Dayton: Greensboro-High Point, N.C.; New Orleans, La., and Bakersfield, Calif.
Tens of thousands of local families have been forced this month to find ways to save money on their groceries after the government cut their food assistance benefits.
The cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, went into effect on November 1. The agriculture department says a family of four should see a $36 cut each month.
More than 47 million Americans depend on foods stamp assistance across the country.
The cuts kicked in because the 2009 stimulus boost for food stamp dollars expired.
According to the Associated Press, 1 in 7 Americans receive benefits.
As a result, the program has doubled in cost since 2008, now costing $80 billion dollars a year. Congress is hoping to change that with several versions of a farm bill that would cut assistance next year. There's also talks of making it harder for families to become eligible for assistance.
"I would make it work, I would have to make it work," said Dayton mother of three, Jessica Wolford.
Wolford says she just received her SNAP benefits for November and they were the same as every other month.
She expects to see the cuts come December 1.
Local organizations like the Dayton Food Bank tell us the cuts to benefits will add more pressure on local agencies.
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