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Local food bank director decries House vote to cut food stamp program

September 21st, 2013 3:55 pm by Sue Guinn Legg, NET News Service

BLOUNTVILLE — By chance, Thursday’s U.S. House of Representatives vote to cut $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program program, also known as food stamps, coincided with the Feeding America food bank network’s SNAP Challenge, a request for everyone to try live one week on $4.50 worth of food per day, or the average amount SNAP food stamp recipients receive.

Rhonda Chafin, executive director of the regional Second Harvest Food Bank, learned of the vote Friday morning after waking up queasy on the fifth day of her SNAP Challenge diet of soup, bread, eggs, cereal, a little milk, a little coffee and a daily banana.

“I must tell you this SNAP Challenge is tough. There’s very little money for meat and veggies. I’ve had egg sandwiches, egg salad, boiled eggs and I woke up this morning queasy.

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