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Food Stamp Cuts Leave Thousands of Nevadans Hungry

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Hundreds of thousands of Nevadans have no idea where their next meal will come from after spending cuts to the largest food stamp program in the United States took effect earlier this month.

Jocelyn Lantrip with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada says cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are absolutely deviating and the number of people affected is startling.

More than 62,000 northern Nevadans saw their benefits cut on November 1st.

About $7 million worth of benefits will be cut in northern Nevada by next year, which works out to 2.7 million meals.

"There's absolutely going to be more hunger," said Lantrip. "It's very difficult getting around that. What we're really trying to do is raise enough food and enough money this season to make up for those losses."

Here's where all of us at Channel 2 News and you, the viewers, come in.

Every year, we host our Share Your Christmas Drive-By Food Drive and this year's is only four weeks away.

Last year, the food drive collected more than 190,000 pounds of food and $173,000.

We say this every year but given the latest numbers, it's imperative this year that you come out and give.

"We need protein. It's the most expensive thing to buy. So, peanut butter, tuna, soups and stews are great. Canned fruits and vegetables are great and beans, rice, pasta are all good things."

This year's Share Your Christmas will be on Friday, December 13th from 6am to 6pm.

We'll be collecting donations at the Grand Sierra Resort, the Governor's Mansion in Carson City and the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

We hope you can stop by and donate.

You can watch the entire interview about Nevada's growing need to feed the hungry on my weekend show Face the State. The show airs Saturday at 4:30am and Sunday at 6:30am and 3:30pm.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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