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New Farm Bill To Cut Food Aid

Farm Bill To Cut Food Aid

Elmira Heights (WENY) -- An estimated 300,000 New York households could lose just under $100 a month in federal food assistance under the farm bill that recently passed the U.S. Senate.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, provides assistance to needy families with food stamps.

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier says that cutbacks in food stamps could dramatically increase demand on the 160 local food pantries and soup kitchens in six counties.

"As the need increases we're certainly looking to face some challenges," said Missy Goetschius, PR manager for Food Bank of the Southern Tier. "But there are certainly challenges that we're able to jump on board with and address and hopefully take care of what we need to do."

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier serves an average of 11,000 people a week. To find out more about getting help, visit http://www.foodbankst.org/.