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Cuts to Farm Bill will impact local food banks

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

The Farm Bill was finally passed by the House of Representatives Wednesday.

The bill keeps the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP), but cuts the benefits by nine billion dollars over a decade.

Officials at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo say the cuts to SNAP are devastating, and now plan to see more people walk through their doors.

Nearly 850,000 people across America will be impacted, each one losing about ninety dollars a month in benefits.

Although cuts to SNAP aren't ideal, a different program, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) did see an increase.

That gives states money to buy food and distribute it to food banks.

"And it's a good core amount of food that we can provide back to the community. It might be green beans, it might be spaghetti sauce, it might be canned beef, it could be pasta, it could be cereal, you name it but it's a core group of foods that out agencies can rely on us to help feed the people in our communities," said Barbara Prather, executive director of the food bank.

Only about 15 percent of the food in the food bank come from that emergency program.

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