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NJ Food Stamp Cuts

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Nearly 1 million New Jersey residents are going to see cuts to their food benefits, also known as food stamps.

New Jersey is estimated to cut about $90 million in food stamp funding effecting a little under 500,000 children in the Garden State. These cuts are equivalent to about $1.40 per person-per meal.

Linda Farley survives off of her food stamps. She currently gets $200 a month for food, but after the cuts happen she will only be receiving $189 a month.

Farley feels like these cuts are going to be hurting a lot of people. “They shouldn’t cut it because there is a lot of hungry people, and people with kids. What makes it messed up, the situation, is a lot of the young ladies sell their food stamps. I can’t afford to sell mine, I need every penny,” she said.

Jacklyn Cherubini is the Executive Director of the Hoboken homeless shelter. The shelter helps a lot of people in the community and with these cuts the shelter will likely see an increase in people coming in for food and for help.

Cherubini just doesn’t know how much more they can really do. “I hear the saying that we have to do more with less every day. How much more can we do with how much less?” She said.

For every dollar that people spend in food stamps, it benefits the economy by about $1.70. So these cuts will likely have a negative impact on New Jersey’s economy as well.

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