Brazos Valley Food Bank expects increase demands because of stamp cuts

POSTED: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 6:06pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 11:27pm

A hot meal is something many of us take for granted but for the millions of Americans who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP for short, it's a luxury they don't necessarily see every day.

"Where am I going to get food, how am I going to get food on the table, will I not eat so my baby can? That is such a stress that nobody should have to live with, not in a community like this and not in a country like this where we have so much extra," said Theresa Mangapora, Executive Director of the Brazos Valley Food Bank. 

As of November 1 those receiving food stamp benefits received a five-percent cut.

That means for a family of four, they'll get $36 less every month and while that may not seem like much Mangapora says for families on fixed incomes, already struggling to put food on their table, it'll hit them hard.

"To have it come at this time of year, close to the holidays, is going to be a struggle and you know I don't know how much of an impact it's going to be but what I do think is going to happen as far as the food bank is people's frequency to visit the food pantries will increase," said Mangapora.

On average the food bank hands out 4 million pounds of food every year.

Mangapora says they're on track to exceed that and it has her worried.

"We're in our first quarter of the fiscal year and we're already on target to distribute five million or 5.5 million pounds and that was before the cuts even took effect so I think our demand is going to be more."

Putting an even bigger strain on the food bank and the thousands of Brazos Valley residents that depend on it.

Letters were sent out in September and October informing families about the SNAP cuts but Mangapora says she thinks it won't be until the end of this month that families really feel the impact of the five-percent drop.


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