Sequester cuts could affect KOTA Territory food banks - KOTA Territory News

Sequester cuts could affect KOTA Territory food banks



Federal sequester cuts could soon take a toll on KOTA Territory anti hunger programs, but just how soon?

Legislation approved by The House Agriculture Committee would cut about 2.5 billion dollars a year, or a little more than 3 percent from the federal food stamp program, which is used by 1 in 7 Americans.

The Senate Agriculture Committee Bill would cut less than a fifth of that amount.

Matt Gassen, Executive Director of Feeding South Dakota said, either way there will be cuts  And because they are already seeing an increase in people coming to the food pantry he is concerned.

"The thing we are most concerned about is when those cuts happen to SNAP(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), that those people that are left behind and taken off the program due to those cuts, the big question is where are they going to go to get food assistance? We know very well they are probably going to end up on our door step." Said Gassen.

Feeding South Dakota is always looking for monetary donations and any help they can get.

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