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Area Food Banks Prepare for Influx as SNAP Cuts Kick In
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Nearly 50,000 Mobile and Baldwin County households will see a decrease in their SNAP benefits. The cuts kicked in Friday, and has local food banks preparing for an influx.
"They were already having to draw from other sources, now they're going to have to draw from even more," said Bay Area Food Bank Executive Director David Reaney.
The average family of four would lose $36 a month.
"They're going to have about less than $1.40 to spend on a meal," said SNAP and Government Advocacy Manager P.J Cowan.
The Bay Area Food Bank serves nearly 20 counties including Mobile and Baldwin. According to the Department of Human Resources, in August of 2013, 23, 578 Baldwin County residents received SNAP benefits. In Mobile County there are 92,112 participants.
"We've been notifying the church pantries and soup kitchens and other pantries that we support making them aware of it for the past two months. Hey! The people are going to be getting less money so you may see more and new faces," said Reaney.
Cowan said the cuts came at an already difficult time for the food bank.
"When you think about the timing that this decrease is coming in on November moving into the holidays, that's support that they're not going to have," said Cowan.
Food bank organizers said the demand has always been higher than the resources available, and they are relying on the help of the community to feed the needy.
Prodisee Pantry in Spanish Fort will box food Saturday. It is expecting about 100 volunteers to prepare food packages.
If you would like to help or get involved:
CLICK HERE to visit Bay Area Food Bank
CLICK HERE to visit Prodisee Pantry