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Food banks: federal cuts boosting food pantry need

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - The workers running the Salvation Army food pantry in Muscatine are worried their already thinly stocked shelves will become bare as need increases because the government is cutting back on funds for a food program for low income residents.

The Muscatine Journal reports the shelves haven't been so bare since 2006.

The USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cut the monthly check for a family of four by about $36 a month beginning Friday. The Salvation Army workers fear the cut will boost demand from food pantries.

Salvation Army caseworker Sissy Rogers says local residents and churches continue to donate food but items like macaroni  and cheese and canned fruit fly off the shelves faster than they can be restocked.

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