WJTV News Channel 12 - Food stamp reduction to hit 1.5 million in NC

Food stamp reduction to hit 1.5 million in NC

Posted: Updated:
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A reduction in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be a big blow to 1.5 million North Carolinians.

The decrease, starting this month, marks the end of a federal stimulus increase.

According to state social services, a family of four with no income was getting $668 in food stamps a month. But starting Nov. 1, there will be a $36 cut.

Wayne Black, director of social services, said that on average, it's a 5.4 percent reduction in benefits.

Some families are now finding other ways to makes ends meet.

Crystal Stanfield, a food stamp recipient, turned to the Catholic Charities food pantry in Raleigh to stock up on groceries. She said she's worried about feeding her son.

"Things that I can buy, I do," Stanfield said.

She said she needs assistance to purchase gas as well as food for her son.

The Catholic Charities food bank served more than 12,000 people in October, the third-largest number of people they have ever helped. Representatives from the pantry said food stamp deductions will create even more demand, and it might cause the organization to cut back.

"Right now, we give out close to a week's worth of groceries, so it may be cut back to about five days' worth of groceries," said Terry Foley from the Catholic Parish Outreach.

The pantry helps many families who are unemployed or under-employed and moms with young kids.

 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    2 charged with first-degree murder in beating death of UNC professor, cancer researcher

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:00:14 GMT
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
  • UNC: Former athletes can return to finish degrees

    UNC: Former athletes can return to finish degrees

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:04:36 GMT
    UNC Chancellor Carol Folt. (File photo)UNC Chancellor Carol Folt. (File photo)
    University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt announced a new program Thursday that will allow former UNC athletes to return and finish their uncompleted degrees.
    University of North Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt announced a new program Thursday that will allow former UNC athletes to return and finish their uncompleted degrees.
  • 3 young siblings die after SUV in carjacking hits them; manhunt on for suspects

    3 young siblings die after SUV in carjacking hits them; manhunt on for suspects

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:10:14 GMT
    The SUV crashed in some woods close to where it hit the 3 children... CBS Newspath photoThe SUV crashed in some woods close to where it hit the 3 children... CBS Newspath photo
    Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said.
    Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, Philadelphia police said.
Powered by WorldNow

1820 TV Road
Jackson, MS 39204

Telephone: 601.372.6311
Fax: 804.819.5569
Email: wjtvnews@wjtv.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.