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Fiscal Cliff Could Mean Trouble for SNAP Recipients

Posted: Updated: Dec 27, 2012 05:39 PM EST

The fiscal cliff could bring skyrocketing food prices. Experts say the price of milk could double.  

Price increases will hurt everyone, especially SNAP recipients. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is based on a family's income, not the market value of what that family is buying. So, as prices increase, families on the SNAP program may have trouble keeping up.

"They're not going to get as much for their food dollar, and so they have to just kind of watch what they're purchasing along the way. Something else is probably going to be shorted to be able to have food, because that is a necessity," said Reid Super-Save Market Manager Kim Miller.

Charlottesville Social Services says cost-saving methods - like couponing, avoiding pre-packaged meals and freezing leftovers – are key.

They also say if the price of milk does double, pregnant women and families with children under the age of five should seek help from the Women Infants and Children program (WIC).

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