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Target 3: Hungry to Help

A Wichita Falls resident talks about his struggles of being "food insecure." Are you Hungry to help him and others that are "food insecure." We'll show you how.
A program designed to help feed the poor is expected to see some major cuts starting Friday.

SNAP or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as Food Stamps, will see a reduction in funding on November 1st without congressional action.

Experts say those cuts could be the beginning of an effort to scale back funding to the program even more.

In recent years the amount of people using SNAP has grown substantially in this weak economy.

Currently 23 million households in the US use the program and in Wichita County 17,000 people benefit from the program.

As the holidays approach, the timing for these cuts to take effect couldn't be more devastating to those families in need.

For Leroy Robinson that is slim pickings.

“That's my ice box there, you ain't going to find too much in there. And you ain't going to find too much of nothing, and you got a few items in there but hey, like I say, you make due with what you got,” he said.

For Robinson who supports himself and his two children on a salary just above minimum wage being  "food insecure" is a reality.

The Wichita Falls Area Food Bank says the Robinson family is just a few of the 37,000 people considered food insecure in the 12 county area they serve here in North Texas.

Since 2007 food bank services have more than doubled, distributing about 1.6 million pounds of food a year to 3.25 million.

“The recession was devastating to families, middle class families even the working poor. It was devastating to them because you saw prices increase, and you know wages did not increase at the same rate prices increased,” said Mark McKethan, the Executive Director of the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank.

Leroy started working at the Food Bank eight years ago making $7.25 an hour.

He says under the current program funding he receives $138 every month, but the thought of that number possibly being cut adds weight to Leroy's already heavy plate of financial stress, something he tries desperately to sweep away.

“It's really hard right now, you know with the economy the way it is right now, you don't know what the day is going to bring. It's a day for day thing. It used to be that you could save a little here and there but stuff has gotten so outrageous out there, that hey, you don't have a chance,” he said.

A chance to provide for his two children, something every father wants to do, but without the essentials, like food, providing beyond that can be a dream unfulfilled.

To help families in Texoma, we want to issue a challenge, are you hungry to help?

Throughout the month of November we are partnering with the food bank and local grocery stores for a food drive.
Look for the hungry to help bins at all Wichita Falls United stores, Walmart stores and Albertsons.

To find out what can be donated click on this link. http://wfafb.org/Donate/DonateFood.aspx  
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