Cuts to Food Stamps Program - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Cuts to Food Stamps Program

Posted: Updated:

Millions of Americans who depend on food stamps to feed their families will see less assistance starting today.

$5 billion in cuts to the program went into effect overnight, which means less money for food.

Madonna Chlebik of Waco has received food stamps on and off for many years and says the cuts worry her.

"It saddens me because I know there's already enough people on the streets and you got kids that are homeless," Chlebik said. "What are they gonna do?"

Caritas of Waco is a one-stop-shop for families who need assistance.

Program Director Esther Morales says a family of four will go from receiving $668.00 a month to $632.00, a cut back that won't be easy for her clients.

"The impact of food changes peoples lives," Morales said. "To not be able to be nutritionally healthy, it eliminates them from looking for employment and providing for their children."

The food pantry at Caritas helps provide assistance on top of SNAP benefits, but now that those benefits are going down...demand for the food will go up.

Morales is helping people understand the cuts and giving them lists of additional food pantries that can help them get more groceries.

Meanwhile, Chlebik is hoping that law makers in Washington won't pull even more funding from the program.

"If we don't all come together and they don't come together...then we lose," Chlebik said. "They can shut the government down, but where does that leave us?"

Democrats and Republicans have already both proposed more cuts to the program, it's just a matter of how much.

Over 35,000 people in McLennan County received food stamps in October, which amounts to about $4 million in benefit payments.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Time Warner Cable comes back from nationwide Internet outage

    Time Warner Cable comes back from nationwide Internet outage

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:33:53 GMT
    Time Warner Cable, one of the nation's largest cable and broadband providers, suffered an unusual nationwide Internet outage early Wednesday morning. Time Warner Cable says the outage happened during their routine network maintenance.More >>
    Time Warner Cable, one of the nation's largest cable and broadband providers, suffered an unusual nationwide Internet outage early Wednesday morning. Time Warner Cable says the outage happened during their routine network maintenance.More >>
  • Beating the back-to-school blues

    Beating the back-to-school blues

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:32 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:32:53 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) - Students are back to school after a long summer off, or maybe it's their first year ever in the classroom. This transition isn't always easy for kids. But, there are ways to help them beat the back-to-school blues.More >>
    TYLER (KYTX) - Students are back to school after a long summer off, or maybe it's their first year ever in the classroom. This transition isn't always easy for kids. But, there are ways to help them beat the back-to-school blues.More >>
  • Wednesday's Weather: Sunny and hot; high mid-90s

    Wednesday's Weather: Sunny and hot; high mid-90s

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:09 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:09:07 GMT
    Good Wednesday morning! A few clouds from the storms well to our south will move up into East TX this afternoon, otherwise expect only isolated thunderstorms across Deep East Texas today.More >>
    Good Wednesday morning! A few clouds from the storms well to our south will move up into East TX this afternoon, otherwise expect only isolated thunderstorms across Deep East Texas today.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.