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Families in southeast Minnesota to see cut in SNAP benefits

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Many families in the area receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program known as SNAP. Starting Friday, those families will see a cut in their benefits.

Events occur that change the course of people's lives all the time. One day you are healthy, the next day you are not. One day you are employed and the next day you are not. Jennifer Woodford, executive director of Channel One Food Bank, hears it all too often.

"I never thought I would be the client of a food shelf. I never thought I would be getting SNAP benefits because they used to be a donor here, they used to be a volunteer here," Woodford said.

Starting Nov. 1 all individuals who receive help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP will see a decrease in their benefits. Linda Barea of Rochester has three kids and will lose 36 dollars a month from the cuts, forcing her to change how she feeds her kids.

"The things that are good for them are more expensive. The fruits and veggies the fiber that they need, so sometimes you just have to forsake the fruits and veggies and you know go for the rice or potatoes or things like that," Barea said.

For Barea it is about providing the best she can for her children despite the challenges and that includes a great attitude.

"If you don't you get down in the dumps, and you know what good is that going to do my children if I'm sitting there feeling sorry for myself. You know I always have that tendency to project the future, you know, and I'm working on getting employment. I kind of keep that in the front of my mind thinking it's not always going to be like this," Barea said.

With Congress going back and forth over the Farm Bill that funds the SNAP program, residents like Barea may need to keep their hopes up a little longer.

Families who do receive The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) benefits may be in luck. Congress is considering increasing TEFAP benefits by $250 million dollars.

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