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Food assistance programs face cuts from Washington

WASHINGTON (WKZO) -- While leaders in Kalamazoo take the food stamp challenge this week, spending just 28 dollars on food to simulate what people on food assistance get, Congress is considering big cuts to the federal government's food aid programs. 

Phyliss Hepp, with Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, says that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- or SNAP -- is under fire, especially in the House. She says legislators there want to slash 40 billion dollars from domestic food aid over ten years. Meanwhile, the Senate wants much less cut.

SNAP provides money to food stamp programs all across the county, and Hepp says the cuts being considered in Congress would knock about ten million people out of it. She says such a change would come at a bad time, as the number of people relying on food assistance has skyrocketed in recent years. Right now, about 24 percent of Kalamazoo residents are receiving food aid.