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Pantries Prepare for Food Stamp Cuts

SOUTH COLUMBUS (Jen French/Kate Liebers)Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, are cutting into peoples budgets.

Beginning Nov. 1, benefits are set to decrease by 5.5 percent as stimulus money stops running into the program.

Food banks are preparing for a flood of new clients next month.

"By the time they pay for their utilities (and) their rent, food is the last thing they're going to be able to pay for, Choice Food Pantry manager David Drumm said. That's our biggest time here at the pantry."

Thats in addition to the numerous clients who already frequent the shelves.

LouAnne Robinet, for example, said she expects to wait in line for hours after showing up early. She said she has to call ahead to schedule an appointment, then take a number and wait.

When it comes to being able to feed her three grandchildren and husband, waiting is the price she must pay. 

SNAP cuts will mean receiving $381 a month instead of $600 for Robinet.

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