Food stamp cuts increase need at local pantries

The Bronx food pantry POTS says it’s seen more than 200 new faces in the last month.

The Bronx food pantry POTS says it’s seen more than 200 new faces in the last month. (11/22/13)

THE BRONX - Food stamp cuts are leading to a spike in the number of people turning to local food pantries for their meals.

At the Bronx food pantry POTS, more than 200 new faces have turned up for emergency food assistance in the last month.

Executive Director Christopher Bean says that more than 60 percent of pantry newcomers identify a reduction in benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, or food stamps.

The pantry says the record number of those in need is leading to a greater need for food donations. POTS has even made some changes to the food it serves to make sure there's enough to go around.

Monthly SNAP allowances for a family of four were cut by $36, which works out to about a month's worth of milk for children.
 

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