ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps feed about a million Missourians each month, is missing from a farm bill just approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and a local food bank is worried what will happen if the final bill eliminates food stamps altogether.
At the Circle of Concern Food Pantry in Valley Park, Executive Director Chris Pallazola says the elimination of food stamps will cause the demand on food pantries to soar dramatically.
“Hunger is here and when you take away the option of food stamps, you will have people more hungry than you can imagine,” she said.
According to Pallazola, Circle of Concern fed 28,000 people last year. At the food pantry, demand for food has soared 374 percent in the past decade.
Pallazola is hoping the U.S. Senate restores food stamp funding before the current farm bill expires September 30.
“Without that money, every pantry, every food bank, everyone will be experiencing just tremendous demand,” she said.