By Troy Wilde
Nevada News Service
LAS VEGAS — The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada is feeding a lot
more people after cuts to the program once known as food stamps took
hold in early November. Benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program, or SNAP, dropped by 5 percent.
Leslee Rogers, public relations officer with the Salvation Army of
Southern Nevada, says the reduction is equal to $36 per month for a
family of four.
She says it may not sound like much to many Americans, but it can mean
many lost meals to those barely surviving.
“We saw an increase almost immediately to about 225 families a day,”
she says. “And then in the last week, we’re looking at nearly 250
families a day. A year ago we were seeing half that number.”
Rogers adds another cause for the increased demand is unemployment
benefits ending for many Americans.
She says The Salvation Army can make good use of all food donations.
“Peanut butter and jelly are huge,” she says. “Canned proteins like
canned chicken, tuna, even stews and things like that.”
The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada provides about 1,000 hot meals per day.