Food stamp cuts worry recipients: 'That's how we get our food'
EUGENE, Ore. - Cameron Wick and 82,000 other people in Lane County rely on food stamps to help feed their families.
"It helps a lot, especially because I'm not not working right now," Wick said. "That's how we get our food. We're totally dependent on that right now at least."
According to the Department of Agriculture, 1 in 7 Americans rely on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. The program cost the U.S. $80 billion last year.
Last week a U.S. Senate committee approved over $4 billion dollars in cuts to the progam over the next 10 years.
That concerns staff at Food for Lane County, which could see higher demand for its food bank services.
"We believe the federal government does need to make cuts to the budget; affecting its most vunerable population is not the way to do it," said Karen Edmonds.
Edmonds said the proposed cuts will have more people needing emergency food assistance, which means more people through their doors.
"If we were going to give out everything that's in the warehouse, this would last us four weeks," she said of current supplies.
Both the House and Senate are in favor of some cuts to the SNAP program, but how much that will be is not certain just yet. The program reform is a part of the 2013 Farm Bill.