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With Cuts, Food Bank Worries about Rise in Demand

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Food banks across the nation are keeping an eye on Washington, as those major cuts to food stamps or SNAP loom.

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank serves more than 113,000 people a month and says many of them are working families who also rely on SNAP and partner agencies.

CEO Michael McKee expects the food bank's demand to increase if cuts are made.

"With cuts in SNAP, you have to ask the question: where will people turn? And the only place for them to turn is community food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in the area. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank provides most of the food to these pantries, so we're really concerned about the added burden," McKee said.

McKee says the biggest concern is that with food donations dwindling, the food bank isn't sure where the extra support would come from.

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