Food stamp program cuts hit those in need, pantries

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Posted: February 1, 2014

The Winchester Star

Paula Kelsey holds a list of free meals and food banks. Kelsey, 45, used to receive $125 a month from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. In January, after repeated cuts, her benefit was lowered to $87. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Signs in front of the gas pumps at Bo’s Belly Barn on Kent Street in Winchester advertise the fact that the store takes part in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and accepts food stamps. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
This shows part of a list of free meals and food pantries in the Winchester area. Since reductions to the Supplemental Nurtion Assistance Program, or SNAP, many recipients have had to turn to food pantries or other organization serving meals. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — The more city resident Paula Kelsey’s food stamp benefits are cut, the more she relies on the generosity of area food banks and soup kitchens.

At one point, Kelsey, 45, received $125 a…



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