Locals to feel cuts to food stamp program

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Thousand of people on food stamps in Mesa County could start feeling hunger pains from federal cuts to food assistance programs.

In 2009, the government expanded food stamps for those affected by the recession as part of the stimulus package.

However, that program expired today, cutting down some monthly allowances by $11 to $36.

"I mean $36 is quite a bit of food for a household," said Michelle Trujillo, division director for the Economic Assistance Division with the Department of Human Services. "So I think they'll be looking at other resources to fill that gap."

8,000 housholds, or 17,000 individuals in Mesa County rely on food stamps to make ends meet.

"Helps them meet those basic needs, so they can spend the money that they otherwise would be spending on food on things like rent and insurance for their vehicles, transportation costs, childcare costs," Trujillo said.

The Department of Human Services is recommending food stamps recipients call Western Colorado 211 to find out what other food assistance options are available in the area.

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