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Sun Dec 22, 2019, 11:08 AM

'A terrible time to be poor': Cuts to SNAP benefits will hit 700,000 food-insecure Americans

By Lindsay Schnell and Trevor Hughes


PORTLAND, Oregon — Alisa Holteen likes to play a game where she imagines a life different from the ones she’s currently living.

“What would it be like,” she wonders, “to never have to worry about money?”

She posed this question recently at the homeless camp she lives at in Northeast Portland, chatting with friends outside her tent about what it would be like to have an unlimited supply of cash. Certainly, they’d always be warm and clean, and have a roof over their heads, they agreed. Perhaps best of all, she recalled wistfully, she’d never go hungry.

Holteen, 32, is one of an estimated 36 million Americans on food stamps, a federal benefits program that President Donald Trump’s administration wants to cut dramatically.

Read more: https://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/2019/12/22/trump-food-stamps-cut-snap-benefits-more-hungry-americans/2726447001/

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