Benton County Human Services financial supervisor Janel Sczublewski said if cuts to the food stamp program become reality, the county can do anything financially to supplement assistance for people who will see a cut in benefits.
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Food Stamp Cuts Could Send More to Food Shelves
Officials in Sterns, Sherburne and Benton counties say cuts to the food stamp program mean more families may have to rely on food shelves, while other programs, such as housing and energy assistance programs, could see an increase in the people they serve if families have to divert funds toward food.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud, which operates a food shelf and nutrition education program, expects the proposed cuts would mean more people in need, said executive director Steve Besnahan. The Salvation Army of St. Cloud also expects to see an increase in demand.
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more appeals to the community. We would stretch our dollar as far as possible so we be able to help the people in need."
The St. Cloud Times reported enrollment in the food stamp program in Stearns county more than doubled from 2009 to 2012. The number of people using food stamps in Benton County jumped 156 percent. And Sherburne County saw the number of households enrolled increase by 167 percent during the same period.
"Do you spend money on medicine, medical care, prescriptions or food?" asked Patrick Shepard, family resources director for Tri CAP. "Do I pay rent or do I buy food? Can I provide basic needs for my family with the reduction in SNAP benefits?"
House included mandatory drugs tests for food stamp recipients and employment requirements, on top of the $20 billion in cuts.
County officials cite the recession, eligibility changes and a statewide push to enroll eligible people as reasons for the increase.
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However, Kotman added, "(Bachmann) would support finding savings during this time of out of control spending and skyrocketing debt by reducing fraud and enforcing the rules of the program."
Officials and advocates for the needy in central Minnesota say cuts to the food stamp program could have harsh effects on many low income families, while area food shelves and other groups say they expect to see an increase in the number of people they serve.
The federal farm bill, which funds food stamps and nutrition programs, will expire at the end of the month if Congress fails to renew it. In July, the House passed a new version of the bill, but it didn include foot stamps and Nike Metcon Tr New Colors the bill is now stalled.
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