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East Texas food banks brace for budget cut backlash

he cuts, which were implemented Friday, will effect about 47 million Americans benefiting from the food stamp programs. he cuts, which were implemented Friday, will effect about 47 million Americans benefiting from the food stamp programs.

East Texas food pantries are bracing for an expected increase in need as a result of budget cuts to the federal food stamp program. Those cuts will lessen the amount millions of Americans receive in food stamps by up to $36 per month.

Members of PATH, People Attempting to Help, a food pantry in Tyler, say November is normally a slower month for them, but now they are expecting an increase.

"What it means is a family, rather than having enough food for say 20 or 21 days, a month, are gonna lose at least a day or two off of that food supply," said Greg Grubb, executive director for PATH.

PATH sees about 100 families every day. The cuts, which were implemented Friday, will effect about 47 million Americans benefiting from the food stamp programs.

“Which means a lot, for a family, especially for family with children involved and so that's gonna put more burden on agencies like path and churches and other organizations that help with immediate food assistance, like we do," said Grubb.

The East Texas Food Bank says it is too soon to tell how the cuts will affect the food bank, but generally the holiday time is more prosperous in donations, which could help offset any increase in needs.

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