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Non-Profit Officials Say Automatic Cuts Will Hit Poor Hard

<p>Local Non-profits weigh in on the impacts of the sequester. </p>

The sequestration isn't only going to effect our military.

It will also impact the federal funding dollars for programs helping the poor.

And Experts say it will have a domino effect.

For example the WIC program, providing funds for nutritional meals for women and their children will take a substantial hit.

And those people will then head to the food bank, making the need for resources at an all time high. 

These boxes of food won't be at the Wichita Falls Food Bank for long.

With major federal cuts about to take place from sequestration, Food Bank officials say their food will roll out the door faster than before.
"It's going to create a more and more of a demand on the already overstressed and over taxed food pantries. Those pantries are dependent on us for food, and if we can't provide the food to them they can't provide the food for their clients," said Mark McKethan, the Executive Director of the Food Bank.

At THE Kitchen officials are hoping business continues as usual. But as they bag up pre-made meals, they may have to do it under a tighter budget.

"We are looking at 10 percent in our federal funding which the federal can trickle down to the state, which can trickle down into the local," said Jackie Hamm, the Executive Director at THE Kitchen.

They say the local impact will hit those in need of their services in the future.

"People are turning age 60 at 10,000 a day, and people are needing our program more and more everyday and the ability to add those people is what it is going to effect," she said.

"People who are hurting the most and going to be the most effected people by these cuts," said McKethan.

Although places like the Food Bank rely heavily on charitable donations, officials say they are worried those donations will not be enough to fill the growing need they will be taking on.

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