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Food Stamp Decreases Mean Food Bank Increases

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James Perkins, an Augusta resident says " I get food stamps because I need them. Not because I try to lie to the government."

He says the small cut in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- decreasing the amount of food stamps he gets at the end of each month is going to have a big impact on his diet.

"Especially when I don't have any income. It kind of bites me in the you know where," he adds.

Perkins tells me he believes the cut is a result of assistance recipients abusing the program. He says this benefit reduction could cause others like him to take desperate measures.

"You got a lot of homeless people out here that get food stamps and the more they cut away from the homeless, the more people are gonna do something stupid that they don't need to do. You know, go rob somebody or kill somebody," Perkins explains.

A hard fact to digest for Golden Harvest Executive Director Travis McNeal. McNeal says the food bank intends to rise to the occasion -- keeping those in need fed as much as possible.

McNeal says "we care for those who are hungry and we feel it deep inside. We want to do the best and the most that we can."

Spreading their resources to pantries like Mercy Ministries who consistently fill the hungry in our community -- a task McNeal calls weighty, but worth it.
And while Perkins says he'll make due, he offers a few words to the government.

Perkins urges "don't jeopardize everybody because of certain people that done messed it up in the system."

Again, the SNAP benefit cuts are in affect today. The slash will bring the average meal for recipients down to less than one-dollar and forty cents in 2014.

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