Families on food stamps turn to food pantries

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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Thousands of people who depend on food stamps to feed their families are not getting what they need.

In Lexington, it is not unusual to see a line outside the West Davidson Food Pantry. And organizers said the number of people lining up for food is growing.

“I attribute it to the cut in SNAP funding that goes to people on food stamps and the people in need in our county,” said Cody Milliron, executive director of the food pantry.

Officials said more than 45 new clients have started coming to the pantry just in the last month.

Milliron said they’re going to have to increase their funding or else they’ll have to start turning people away, which he doesn’t want to do.

Organizers said they hope donations to the food pantry pick up, so no one has to leave empty handed.

Congress cut nearly $11 billion in food stamp funding, affecting nearly two million people in North Carolina.

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