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Food Stamp Funding Cuts On the Way

By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email
By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email

With cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP-- a local food bank is worried about how that will impact our community.

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By: Elizabeth Nickerson
October 23, 2013

Tallahassee, FL- Bob Galloway works with teen girls at the Lighthouse Children's Home. He comes every week to pick up food to make them for dinner. But, now the Second Harvest of the Big Bend food bank does not have enough food.

"The food supply has been very limited, which means we haven't been able to access and get the things that we need here to feed the girls," said Bob Galloway, from the Lighthouse Children's Home. "So, we rely on the food bank and I'm here every other week to get some food, this is very important to us and if we can't get it from the food bank, then we have a hard time."

Products used to be wall-to-wall at the food pantry. Now, with lack of food, there are open spaces.

Rich English from the Second Harvest of the Big Bend says stacks used to line the warehouse, and now with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cut backs, he is worried about not having enough food to meet the needs of the community.

"We are already struggling to meet the needs and now with the SNAP benefit reductions you're going to see that people need more food," said Rich English, Executive Director of The Second Harvest of the Big Bend. He said now the demand is higher on our pantry's, which means the demand is higher on us and we are already struggling to meet those needs.

English says billions of dollars will be cut from the federal program starting November 1st. Thousands in our area rely on the program for food assistance and non-profits in the area do too.

"This is the part of it, this is the part of it that makes it so real for us, we are so happy to do this, we're blessed," said English.

The next food distribution is in Carrabelle in Franklin County on November 16th at the Carrabelle Food Pantry located at 102 Avenue BSE from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you would like to donate to Second Harvest you can go to their website at: www.fightinghunger.org and click on the donate tab.

English says you can also go in person to donate at the Second Harvest of the Big Bend. The address is 110 Four Points Way in Tallahassee.


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