Cuts To Food Stamps Start on November First

Cuts To Food Stamps Start on November First

Brian Wise
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the reason many families get to eat at night. When the family runs out of credits, they come to West Texas Food Bank where Jose Trevino works.

"We see a lot of families in crisis. There is an oil boom here in the Permian Basin but not everyone is being positively affected by that boom. We have elderly people. Elderly people are not out in the oilfield. Single mothers with families are not out in the oilfields, children are not out in the oilfields so the people who will be most affected by these cuts are children and the elderly," Trevino said.

Now the funds that families receive are getting cut. Starting November first, the government will be cutting money for families that use the Lone Star Card to buy food. The cut could be between $11 and $36 a month depending on the size of the family. For a family of three, it means a loss of $319 during the year and more cuts could be on the way.

"So what we're doing at the West Texas Food Bank is we're asking our pantries, on the food they give out, to increase their food that they give out by 10 percent to make up the difference of people who may be receiving those SNAP benefits," Trevino said.

The bill to cut food stamps was passed in 2010. The West Texas Food Bank says we don't realize all of the people in the program.

"Records show that military families are on the SNAP program. They don't get that their base pay is what? $17,000 to $20,000. They qualify for the food stamp program. Those are the people we see coming into the food bank for an emergency situation where they need a box of food to get them to that next paycheck," Trevino said.

In two days, the Lone Star cards that many Texan's use will have a smaller amount to spend. The West Texas Food Bank is asking for cans or money to help them get people the food that they need. Trevino told NewsWest9 the Food Bank can take a single dollar and purchase four meals with it.