Baton Rouge SNAP recipients worry about losing benefits

Baton Rouge SNAP recipients worry about losing benefits
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POSTED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 6:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 6:43pm

House lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that would cut food stamp programs by billions across the country.

Jessica Brown never expected to use the food stamp program, but when she lost her long-term job a few months ago, she was forced to ask for help to feed her three kids.

"I’ve been looking for a job ever since last year, since the post office let me go. I’ll just do what I have to do, if I have to work all day, I’ll work all day. But I really do need the assistance, it really helps me out a whole lot," said Brown.

Linda Rankin is also caring for a young grandson and using the program to help feed him.

"Once I was working I didn't need snap, but once I became disabled and had three back surgeries, I had to get on the system. Social security, disability, and I had to depend on food stamps," explained Rankin.

Both women were shocked to learn that the federal government passed legislation in the House of Representatives Thursday that would cut food stamp programs by close to $40 billion over the next ten years.

"I mean it would be hard. By the time you get your once a month money to pay your bills, you really don't have anything left to buy food," added Rankin.

Brown said she's lucky, she is young and should be able to find work soon, but she worries cutting food stamp programs could hurt people where they can least afford it.

"Not for groceries, when they're on a state income of $600 a month. They don't need to cut this program. It’s going to hurt a whole lot of people. Like a whole lot of people," said Brown.

The bill would still have to pass the democratically controlled Senate and the president’s desk before being made law.

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