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Temporary SNAP funds cut

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BATON ROUGE - People using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may notice a smaller balance, starting Nov. 1.

Stimulus money from the 2009 Recovery Act is ending at the end of this month. It gave SNAP extra money so low income families could keep food on the table during the recession.

"If the funding gets suspended it's going to be a problem, because he's not working right now and I am and it's kind of hard, to get food in the house and everything," says Margaret Fort.

Now families using the federally funded program will see cuts anywhere from $11-36 per month.  A family of four should expect a cut equalling 21-meals a month, for a family of three, it's 16 meals a month.

"This is going to hurt, they're feeling the hurt right now, so if they don't mind just get out there and get all of the information that they can get and do what they got to do to help they families, the state has done what they can, they can no longer do no more, so now it's time for them to get out and make a difference," says Joyce Lewis.

The state is urging SNAP users to monitor their online accounts for the change.

If you have any questions call the Department of Child and Family Services at (888) LA-HELP-U.

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