The effects of SNAP cuts in action - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

The effects of SNAP cuts in action

Posted: Updated:

Tyler (KYTX) -- You hear about drastic cuts to federal assistance programs, but don't' always see the effects. Earlier this month, lawmakers passed what's known as the Farm Bill. It slashed 800 million dollars a year from the food stamp budget.

When Dewayne Parker heard about these cuts he was petrified."I thought I was going to starve to death," Parker said.

He says change started about a year ago.

"They lowered everyone to $189 or around there that were getting $200," Parker said.

Because he gets social security benefits, he's now only afforded $31 a month in food stamps. After all bills are paid, his budget is a mere $370 a month. That's all he has to live on.

"Milk and bread, that's about it," Parker said.

He depends on the food pantry at St. Paul Children's Foundation where staff help people like him apply for assistance.

"A lot of people find them daunting. There's a lot to fill out and people who have a lower literacy skill may have trouble filling it out. And that's why I'm here," Jackie Erlandson, with St. Paul's, said.

She adds that they also take into consideration if you get money from another source. St. Paul's is also starting a gardening initiative so people can learn how to eat healthier. It's a priority that falls by the wayside.

"Have you been to the supermarket lately? Vegetables are outrageous," Parker said.

He's just happy with one meal a day.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Web Exclusive: Texas is among hottest job markets

    Web Exclusive: Texas is among hottest job markets

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-09-15 13:42:30 GMT
    The city you live in could play a major factor in landing that dream gig if you're on the job hunt.  A new survey is suggesting parts of the country expect an increase in the labor force.More >>
    The city you live in could play a major factor in landing that dream gig if you're on the job hunt.  A new survey is suggesting parts of the country expect an increase in the labor force.More >>
  • Kilgore Restore Projects Gain Support

    Kilgore Restore Projects Gain Support

    Monday, September 15 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-09-15 04:05:28 GMT
    KILGORE (KYTX) - This group of men and women gather around this chipped, scratched, and vandalized sign that welcomes people into Dansby Village to discuss plans to fix it. Abandoned stores around this neighborhood show signs of a once thriving community, and this group is hoping to attract businesses back. Their first project is repairing these entry signs. Founder of RESTORE! Kilgore, LaMont Wheat says making the neighborhood look better is the first step to attracting businesses."Our inten...More >>
    KILGORE (KYTX) - This group of men and women gather around this chipped, scratched, and vandalized sign that welcomes people into Dansby Village to discuss plans to fix it. Abandoned stores around this neighborhood show signs of a once thriving community, and this group is hoping to attract businesses back. Their first project is repairing these entry signs. Founder of RESTORE! Kilgore, LaMont Wheat says making the neighborhood look better is the first step to attracting businesses."Our inten...More >>
  • Tyler woman warning others about scam

    Tyler woman warning others about scam

    Monday, September 15 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-09-15 16:19:12 GMT
    TYLER (KYTX) - An East Texas woman avoids a scam that she says could have cost her thousands of dollars.More >>
    TYLER (KYTX) - An East Texas woman avoids a scam that she says could have cost her thousands of dollars.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.