Food Stamp Cuts Kick in Friday

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CLEVELAND -- From the families who rely on food stamps to the charities who provide hot meals, millions are bracing for major cuts to the food stamp program.

Friday, the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program, or SNAP, will see cuts across the board. The changes will affect 1.8 million Ohioans who receive nearly
$3 billion in food benefits.

A family of four will lose about $36 a month, or about 20 meals.

"My boyfriend, the father of my children, just lost his job. Food stamps are the only way we can have food in our home," said Amanda Weinman, who is a mother of three.

Charities are already seeing a spike in numbers at their facilities as people begin looking for ways to feed their families.

"Everyone who came into the hunger center today were like, 'my food stamps are being cut, my food stamps are being cut,' and we don't know what we're going to do," said Sister Corita Ambro of St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Tremont.

Sister Ambro and the volunteers at the Hunger Center in Tremont serve three free hot meals each day. She says this is an especially bad time of year for the cuts because of the cold winter months and holidays.

Last year they fed 18,000 people on Thanksgiving Day alone.

St. Augustine is accepting donations Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at their offices located at 2486 W. 14th Street in Cleveland next to the church and Hunger Center.

For more information on St. Augustine Church Hunger Center, click here. The Cleveland food pantries are also offering assistance.

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