Food stamp cuts to affect 250K Utah residents

A group of U.S. Senators is Congress to stop billions of dollars of cuts from SNAP, the program once known as Food Stamps. The effort has the support of the Utah Food Bank. Photo courtesy U.S. Senate.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Thousands of Utah residents relying on the federal food stamp program are seeing their benefits drop this month as Congress considers further cuts to the program.

The 2009 economic stimulus provided a temporary boost to the benefit but expired in November, affecting about 47 million people around the country.

For a family of four, that will mean about $36 less a month.

Utahns Against Hunger executive director Gina Cornia says about 250,000 people are on the program in Utah and will be affected.

Cornia says those families with fixed incomes will likely buy cheaper food or less food or rely more on emergency food pantries.

That squeeze on resources is coming just as the winter holiday season approaches and demand increases at food banks.

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