WEBXTRA: East Texas food banks respond to food stamp concerns

WEBXTRA: Food stamp woes

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - East Texas food banks have responded to concerns clients have voiced about the ongoing shutdown of the federal government.

Leaders at Nacogdoches HOPE (Helping Other People Eat) said that earlier this year, people were concerned that they would have to stretch their food stamp benefits from the month of January through the month of February. However, the February benefits will simply be sent out early because of the shutdown.

Nacogdoches HOPE helps people on food stamps who supplement their diets with donated food.

Two representatives of Nacogdoches HOPE said there are nine food pantries in Nacogdoches County, and they are all part of the East Texas Food Bank. They said the food pantries that are part of the East Texas food bank have stockpiled a large amount of canned foods in the event of a possible shortage.

East Texas News will have more on this later today.

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