Mid-South's Neediest Face Food Stamp Cuts

Mid-South's Neediest Face Food Stamp Cuts

48 million food stamp recipients will see cuts to their benefits starting Friday. 260,000 of those who depend on food stamps live right here in Shelby County.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)--48 million food stamp recipients will see cuts to their benefits starting Friday. 260,000 of those who depend on food stamps live right here in Shelby County. 44% of Shelby County's children live in those homes that receive food stamps. 

Estella Mayhur-Greer is the President & CEO of the Mid-South Food Bank. She knows just how valuable the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is to Shelby County.  

"When you think about $36 a month, to some people, they may say that's not much. But its a lot when you are struggling to make ends meet, and SNAP benefits help when you are trying to make tough choices," says Greer.

With the November 1st cuts, a family of four will lose $432 a year, making healthy shopping tougher. 

Greer says, "Poor nutrition leads to poor health, so hunger is a health issue that has to be addressed. Our focus is that we are providing nutritious food for people that need it." 

Michael Sykes has been on food stamps for the past 6 months. He understands its going to be tough. "That $20 they are taking away, I can spend on fruits and vegetables and meats."

For Sheila Osborn, who has been in the program for almost 10 years, its going to mean some changes. "I haven't experienced it yet, but I know its going to be rough." 

The Mid-South Food Bank is launching a new social giving web platform to help increase support for their "Food For Kids Backpacks" program Tuesday, October 29th from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. 

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