Food stamp cuts hit families Nov. 1

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KSDK) - There's a huge change coming for so many families Friday. SNAP cuts are going to hurt more people than just those who use food stamps. Food pantries expect this will send more people their way.

Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service Food Pantry in St. Charles serves about 500 families and the executive director says she expects that number to rise by 20 percent.

"We will be seeing additional homeless, we will be seeing continued poverty, domestic violence will increase, child abuse will increase because stress levels will increase, so yes we are foreseeing dramatic changes and additional burdens on the low income and the working poor communities," said Miriam Mahan, executive director of Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service.

The reduction is due to the end of the 2009 Recovery Act's temporary boost in funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This impacts every household that relies on food stamps.

Right now a family of four gets $668 a month in assistance. Starting Friday that number shrinks to $632. That's $36 less a month, adding up to a $432 loss per year.

According to the Department of Social Services in Missouri, more than 300,000 people in our area receive food stamps every month.

Clara Kimble of St. Peters cares for her husband, step-daughter, and three grandchildren. She says this will affect her significantly.

"It's upsetting you know because we count on it a lot. My husband is disabled and he has been battling throat cancer for the last couple of years and I can't work because I am his full time care provider, so it definitely hurts us," said Kimble.

If you would like to help, donations can be dropped off at your local food pantry. Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service Food Pantry is located in St. Charles: 4116 McClay Road. They are especially in need of dry goods and holiday goods.


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