Proposed budget cuts leave uncertainty for local food service providers

1 year 9 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, May 25 2017 May 25, 2017 Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:38:00 PM CDT May 25, 2017 in News
By: Joey Schneider, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts on Tuesday could decrease funding for food stamps by nearly $200 billion over 10 years nationwide.

SNAP, a food stamp program that serves more than 800,000 Missouri residents, may lose more than one-quarter of its national funding, according to a recent report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

“The real issue here is that at current funding levels we are not reaching all of the people who presently are in need,” Lindsay Young Lopez, executive director for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, said. “If we see an increase in the demand of those people who are seeking food though our partner agencies, we would predict that there would be even more of a shortfall than what we are able to acquire and distribute.”

The report also said nearly one-quarter of SNAP costs would transfer to the states as a result of the budget cuts, which could cost Missouri more than $2 billion over the next decade.

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri serves more than 135 partnered agencies across 32 counties through SNAP benefits.

Young Lopez said she is concerned with food insecurity increasing and feeding employed people who already use food stamps.

“Every one of us has interaction with someone on an ongoing basis, probably a daily basis, who does not have enough access to food, you just may not know what that face of hunger looks like,” Young Lopez said.

Another local provider, Central Pantry in Columbia, may face similar challenges moving forward.

Sean Ross, Central Pantry supervisor, said the pantry serves about 5,000 families per month and would expect demand to increase under proposed changes.

“If their SNAP benefits were cut, then they would probably start looking to the pantry more,” Ross said. “Their money is not going as far as it used to, and so they’re looking to the pantry to help fill that gap.”

Ross said more than half of his clients do not use food stamps, and he would expect that amount to increase if the proposed budget cuts take effect.

“There’s a lot of people out there who get SNAP benefits already who don’t come here,” Ross said. “If the budget were to be cut back, we would probably see a pretty dramatic increase in our numbers of people being served.”

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – Peaceworks and Beyond Nuclear will be hosting an event Tuesday night to talk about possible effects nuclear waste... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 8:29:00 PM CDT March 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – Incumbent Mayor Brian Treece and his opponent Chris Kelly have been squaring off over money in advance of... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 6:34:00 PM CDT March 18, 2019 in Target 8
JEFFERSON CITY - A priest at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jefferson City has been removed after accusations that... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 4:58:00 PM CDT March 18, 2019 in News
GLASGOW - Flooding has begun in the Missouri River from runoff of water in neighboring states. The midwest snow... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 3:26:00 PM CDT March 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Court documents allege Kyle McClain of Moberly fraudulently sold insurance plans to clients of the Central Pantry under... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 2:56:00 PM CDT March 18, 2019 in News
PETTIS CO. - The Pettis County Sheriff's Department is saying escaped fugitive Travis Davis is back in mid-Missouri. Pettis... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 12:28:00 PM CDT March 18, 2019 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Carl DeBrodie's family continues to call for justice two years after their loved one's death. On... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 11:51:00 AM CDT March 18, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are investigating several shooting scenes after an unusually violent day, even for... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 10:40:00 AM CDT March 18, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of homes have flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 9:13:00 AM CDT March 18, 2019 in News
CENTRALIA - The Lady Panthers Softball Team slid into success at the end of the season with some off-field accolades.... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 8:45:00 AM CDT March 18, 2019 in Sports
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri state capitol is going to be a lot quieter this week with lawmakers' spring break... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 6:24:00 AM CDT March 18, 2019 in Top Stories
BOONE COUNTY - Boone County will soon turn 200 years old, and county commissioners are working on a way to... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 5:16:00 AM CDT March 18, 2019 in News
MARIES COUNTY - A 13-year-old girl died in a house fire Sunday in Maries County, according to a Facebook post... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:10:00 PM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Improvement District is offering a grant incentive to downtown restaurants that would eliminate messy grease bins... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 5:42:00 PM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Yoga Gives-CoMo held its monthly charity yoga event Sunday afternoon in collaboration with Logboat Brewing Co. This... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 4:03:00 PM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY - A family is forced to move on after a fire destroyed their home of 32 years Saturday... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 3:26:00 PM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police in Kansas City, Missouri, are investigating a stabbing death at a hotel. The Kansas... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 1:59:00 PM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) - As rivers and creeks in flooded eastern Nebraska and western Iowa crest Saturday, officials have begun... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 11:17:00 AM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 43°
11pm 39°
12am 38°
1am 37°
2am 37°