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Mid-South families concerned about cuts to food stamps

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Crawford stays dedicated to finishing up her bachelor's degree to make a better life for her children. Crawford stays dedicated to finishing up her bachelor's degree to make a better life for her children.
But the House of Representative's decision on the Farm Bill Wednesday, regarding food stamp cuts, personally worries her. But the House of Representative's decision on the Farm Bill Wednesday, regarding food stamp cuts, personally worries her.

(WMC-TV) - The House of Representative's decision to pass a bill that cuts food stamps has Mid-South parents and food bank advocates concerned. 

"It's kind of hurtful in a way, but you just have to do ... What you can to provide for you and your kids," said mother of two Tracey Crawford.

Crawford stays dedicated to finishing up her bachelor's degree to make a better life for her children.

But the House of Representative's decision on the Farm Bill Wednesday, regarding food stamp cuts, personally worries her.

According to the Associated Press, the bill ultimately would cut about $800 million a year from the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. That comes out to be a one percent after the House sought a 5 percent cut. The cut should preserve crops subsidies.

"With these cuts it's kinda less food; sometimes it puts parents a hold on what they can really buy for their children," said Crawford, who says she is already struggling. "With me getting stamps, I make sure my house is taken care of, you know, but I don't use my stamps for anything else, but making sure my kids and myself are taken care of."

Mid-South Food Bank's Marcia Wells says the fallout from food stamp cuts trickles down to pantries and soup kitchens, which rely on the food bank using their resources to fill in the gap.

"In Shelby County 20 percent of children live in food insecure households, and about 44 percent live in households are getting some kind of food assistance through snap," said Wells. "Which means we need more food we need more resources in order to help more people."

To read more detail on the Farm Bill, click here.

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