Nonprofits brace for food stamp cuts

By Sarah Rafique
          Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss.

Dorothy Watkins shuffles between shelters and eats free meals whenever they’re available.

Since losing her job about five months ago, the homeless woman relies more heavily on nonprofit assistance and government-issued food stamps.

After the House approved $39 billion in cuts over the next decade to the national Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program, Watkins said she’s more worried about where her next meal will come from.

“If they were to cut the (food stamp) program, not only myself but others are going to be affected really badly,” said the homeless Watkins, who receives $200 a month in food stamps. “We all depend on that little extra with the cost of food and everything.”

Watkins was among about 140 people receiving a meal Monday afternoon at the local nonprofit Stewpot Community Services...

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