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Food Stamp Cuts Impact Nebraskans

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 One out of every ten Nebraskans is on food stamps. Today food stamp cuts went into effect to decrease federal spending.

For a family of four that use food stamps they will lose 36 dollars a month. That's equal too nine gallons of milk.

"I think for some families that don't have a lot of income and they rely on a specific amount a month, I really think that's going to hurt them, that money is going to come from somewhere else or they don't get a specific food item or if they are not paying a bill, I think it will affect them," said Sara Frias.

Community services coordinator in Kearney Sara Frias says a lot of people on food stamps were not aware of the cut.

The recent cuts have made her job hectic the past couple of months.

"I think the with everything, with costs going up, people losing their jobs now the food stamps, I think it's getting busier and busier everywhere, we have already been busy the last two months before the cuts," said Frias.

Frias says there is an unfair stereotype for food stamp recipients people should think twice before they make an assumption.

"They should realize half those people on assistance are children and nobody wants a child to go hungry, were one of the richest countries in the world, food should not be an issue," said Frias.

With thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, food pantries are always looking for volunteers and donations.

"Usually this time a year communities are awesome with donating food it's the off holiday times that we struggle a little bit sometimes. I know colleges get involved," said Frias.

Every year at university Nebraska–Kearney fraternities will host fundraisers to help the Kearney community food bank.



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