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Cuts to SNAP worry low-income Nebraskans

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By: Jenn Schanz

This year's holiday season poses an extra hurdle for low income families; the loss of some of their food assistance.

"Food stamps is a basic for people. Most of the people we see live on less than $1,000 a month, and that's a family of 4.5 people. And there's not enough money to buy food with so they depend on food stamps," says Beatty Brasch, Executive Director of the Center for People in Need in Lincoln.

With extra funding from the 2009 Recovery Act set to expire Nov. 1st, people like Jessica Dormer are worried.

"It helps my son, it helps me, it helps my husband, who does work. I mean, we do a lot, but still by the end of the month, I mean the last two weeks, we still run short," she says.

48 million families rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP to put food on their tables.

According to the USDA, the average monthly benefit per household from the program is $275.

Given the cuts, a family of four will receive $36 less per month.

Scott Siemer has relied on food stamps before. Like Dormer, they often were the only thing that stopped him from going hungry.

"It was very important, you know, it got me by, through the month and stuff. And if it wasn't for that, we would've had no food except for the outreach programs you can go and eat at," Siemer says.

Both he and Dormer say their disappointment is with what they feel,  is Washington's lack of consideration for average Americans.

The Center for People in Need hosts food giveaway days twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays.

They don't anticipate getting more food donations, but say they expect a greater need once these cuts take effect.

For more information on the Center for People in Need's services, click here:

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