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May 25, 2017 |  By: Coffey

Trump budget would cut food assistance by almost $200 billion

President Trump's budget plan released this week includes significant cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, also known as food stamps. The plan calls for cuts of $193 billion over the next ten years.

Chief Executive Officer of Second Harvest Community Food Bank, Chad Higdon says that, if approved by Congress, the plan would put additional strain on food banks such as Second Harvest in St. Joseph, which serves northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Higdon says the SNAP program has been successful in reaching people who need the assistance.