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SNAP Cuts Hit Local Food Pantries

This holiday season Arkansas food pantries are feeling the pain of families hit by cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- This holiday season Arkansas food pantries are feeling the pain of families hit by cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

A spokesperson for the Arkansas Food Bank says a November survey found that some smaller food pantries have seen the number of families in need triple since the government slashed SNAP benefits.

Churches feeding families for Thanksgiving also saw a spike in working families at the table.

"We are starting to see lot of the working poor, people are being cut $20 a week or maybe 20 hours a week and people cannot seem to make ends meet," says Pastor William Holloway, feeding thousands of people through the Compassion Center.

The Arkansas food bank is on track to give 20 million pounds of food in 2013, roughly four million pounds more than last year.
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