TAMPA - The national food stamp program will start seeing a cut in funding beginning November 1. According to a bay area charity, the consequences will be immediate.
Tim Marks, the president of Metropolitan Ministries, said that for an average family of four, the cuts could mean 21 fewer meals a month.
The cut comes from a draw down in funding from a stimulus package begun in 2009. With the holidays just around the corner, Marks put out a plea for food donations and volunteers.
"We are asking the community to stand with us, to help these families," Marks said.
Lillian Rodriguez stopped by Metropolitan Ministries on Wednesday to sign up for the organization's holiday assistance program. Rodriguez takes care of five children at her home, and relies on food stamps to help put meals on the table.
"How am I going to come up with the money that I need to feed my five children? And myself?" she said.
Marks said the most pressing food donations needed include peanut butter, canned fruits, canned meats, and cereal.
To find out more about Metropolitan Ministries or to donate, visit http://www.metromin.org/ .
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