Food stamp cuts leave families, food pantries with less to stock

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Stocking up on groceries has just gotten tougher, not just for the millions who depend on food stamps, but for the people they go to when the money runs out.

"I think that were going to have to be able to provide more than three days' worth of food so that's just going to increase the demand of the food that we have on our shelves," Director of Emergency Services for Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Inc. Susila Jones said.

The food at the Cross-Lines pantry will go to some 200 family's around Wyandotte County.

It's a real life saver for Jennifer Nobles; she's been without a job for a year. But starting Friday, Nobles will have about $40 less to spend on groceries each month.

"It'll hurt a little bit you know, but we've got to do what we have to do," she said.

Nobles has two extra mouths to feed since she recently took in her grandchildren.

"It gets a little tight and so we come to the pantry," she said.

A family will typically receive food for three days from the Cross-Lines food pantry, but after the cuts, the staff expects to have to make up for the difference.

"We've just kind of been there where we need to be so were really going to have to boost our donations the coming year," Jones said.

Jones anticipates adding another $250 a month to the pantry's current $1,000 budget. As for Nobles, she's already tweaking her own spending.

"We're just going to have to spend a little wiser and not stop by the convenience stores and buy sodas and junk food," Nobles said.

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