Decrease in SNAP Benefits Impact Local Families

By Courtney Burris |

Published 12/03 2013 06:48PM

Updated 12/03 2013 07:06PM

The Food Bank of West Central Texas is running low on items, but is trying to meet the increasing demand of the agencies they serve.

Joy Fincher, Director of the Food Bank of West Central Texas, says that she has never seen the supply so low in the six years she has been working at the food bank.

Fincher also explained that the decrease in SNAP benefits are taking a toll on some Big Country families. Beginning on November 1st, SNAP funds were decreased by $36 for a household of four.

Lisa O'Neal, an Abilene mom that receives SNAP, explained that when she found out about the cutbacks, she thought everything would be okay. However, now she is going to local food pantries to try to fill the gap until the next supplement.

She is a full-time student that works part time and wants to provide the best for her two children.

She explains that even one can of food can go a long way for those in need. O'Neal is motivated to better her situation and is thankful for the support of local food pantries and her family.

The Food Bank of West Central Texas is accepting donations of non-perishable items and money. Although both food and monetary donations are welcomed, with small amounts of money, they can feed several people. For just one dollar, the food bank can serve four to five meals.

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