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Elderly SNAP recipients turn to food banks after cuts

Food bank shelves could quickly deplete as more people's food stamp benefits are cut. Food bank shelves could quickly deplete as more people's food stamp benefits are cut.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

As many as one in five people in Alabama get food stamp benefits, and cuts to that program went into effect Friday. Now some agencies that provide meals for people are preparing to see more requests for help.

Officials with the Marshall County Council on Aging said that unlike someone who is younger, the elderly will be the hardest hit, as they have really no way to be productive in the hopes of getting a job, much less an extra job, to pay for food. If they get cuts, they have to do without.

The Council's focus is on feeding the elderly. 500 meals per day are served at various senior centers, but nearly 100 of those are frozen dinners taken out to residents who live in the county. They also have a small food pantry.

Officials there expect a higher demand as food stamp benefits are cut to many people across the county, including the elderly. Shelves full of food could soon be depleted as elderly residents who are cut will be asking for immediate help.

"We have calls all the time, ‘I'm without food. Can you help me a little bit this week; I have nothing to eat.' We had a lady in the office last week saying she needed food. We cover up, we fixed her a basket of food enough to hold her over a couple of weeks," said Council member Brenda Pointer.

Officials at the Council also expect a higher demand on their daily meal program, especially as the temperatures continue to drop. Pointer said often seniors must cut back on their heating expenses in order to afford food.

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