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Thousands of Nebraskans affected by SNAP cuts

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By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

Across the country millions of Americans receiving food stamps are going to have to get by with less government assistance. This is an increase that was put into place during the recession in 2009 has expired.

"Cuts for a family of four are going to be about $30 a month which equals about $430 a year, which might not seem like a lot, but when you're making under 20–thousand a year or even 12–thousand a year, which is about half our clients, it's a really devastating impact because you don't really have that much money left after bills," Sam Huppert, Center for People in Need communications coordinator, said.

Right now nearly 180-thousand Nebraskans benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps.

About 12-thousand being from Lancaster County and a family of four will now have $632 a month to put food on the table.

"These cuts are going to equal about 21 less meals per month for a family of four so for people who already in a really hard situation, it's going to make it even worse," Huppert said.

Outreach programs such as the Center for People in Need serve about one thousand people a week. The Matt Talbot Community Kitchen feeds about 200 people a day per meal. Earlier this week they were running low on supplies.

"We still need more food with the holidays coming upon us and with the food stamps starting November 1st, today," Matt Talbot Center operations manager Lynda Flynn said.

With the recent cuts to SNAP, outreach programs said they're expecting to see a rise in attendance.

"You can only imagine what it's like for a family of four, if they come in and eat dinner that's saving them a lot of money," Flynn said.

Right now, every penny counts.

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