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Local charities already struggling to provide food for needy families worry that a U.S. Senate bill that cuts $14 billion from the national food stamp program will increase demand for assistance in the Houston area and put more strain on nonprofit groups.

Harris County stands to lose an estimated $174.3 million in federal aid, leaving thousands of poor and low-income families who depend on the monthly stipend to go hungry, said JC Dwyer, state policy director for the Texas Food Bank Network.

 We think this is a huge mistake,” Dwyer said. “The food program is the front line of hunger relief in America. With the cut, the pressure falls to charities that are not equipped to handle it.” Harris County stands to lose an estimated $174.3 million in federal aid, leaving thousands of poor and low-income families who depend on the monthly stipend to go hungry, said JC Dwyer, state policy director for the Texas Food Bank Network.

 

“We think this is a huge mistake,” Dwyer said. “The food program is the front line of hunger relief in America. With the cut, the pressure falls to charities that are not equipped to handle it.”

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