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SNAP Cuts Impact Local Food Banks

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, is intended to help supplement income. Now the program is being cut across the board.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, is intended to help supplement your income.

"The average recipient gets $4 a day to help with medication, rent, utilities," said Matt Thompson of the Maryland Food Bank.

Now the SNAP program is being cut across the board. 

"Each person will have less of that income, so for that senior that only makes $6,000 a year, now has that much less to buy groceries with," said Thompson.

Thompson says this reduction in benefits will cause many to have to choose between paying for food, medication or being able to turn the heat on at home. 

"As people have less access to food they will turn to our partners in the food bank systems and soup kitchens. They're going to need help, they're going to be hungry," said Thompson.

"A lot of people are in need. I've been here since 1979 and I see poverty increasing and increasing," said Danny Gossard of the Maryland Food Bank.

Despite the cuts, Thompson tells those who are affected to not give up.

"Keep your chin up, people want to help. The community is supportive. Don't go hungry we'll find a way to help you," Thompson said.

A community ready to help.

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