TULSA - Significant changes are coming for families who receive SNAP, or food stamps.
A family of four with no income will see a decrease of $36 to their monthly benefit.
As of September, in Oklahoma there were nearly 640,000 people enrolled in the SNAP program, with more than 88,000 families in Tulsa, 14,000 in Creek County and 12,000 in Rogers County.
More than 40 percent of Oklahomans who get food stamps are working but are not making enough to feed their families, according to the State of Oklahoma.
The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma provides food for more than 450 pantries in Green Country.
Officials for the food bank say they are preparing for a surge in need as a result of the food stamp changes.
Staff say many people will have to stretch their limited funds even further, and with the proposed changes to the SNAP program they are reaching out to the community to help meet the need.
"Hunger unfortunately is a 12 month situation, but this cliff that people are getting ready to step over is going to catch many people unaware. We hope that in the next few months they can adjust. It will be difficult, but it's this initial impact that we're fearful about," said food bank Executive Director Eileen Bradshaw.
You can donate to your local food pantry or the Community Food Bank by contributing to one of the many food drives currently accepting donations.
You can donate food at any Reasor's.
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