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Schools, food banks prepare for additional demands

Reported by: Krystal Allan

Reported by: Kim Wagner
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Updated: 11/01/2013 1:21 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- The federal reduction in food stamps is having a trickle-down effect in the Las Vegas valley. Local schools are bracing for the hardships that lie ahead.

Whitney Elementary School Principal Sherrie Gahn says at last count 96.6 percent of her kids are on free or reduced lunch. More than 200 bags of food are given out every weekend to students.

“Their food stamps right now are running out, so to cut, that is crazy,” Gahn said.

As she prepares this weekend's load, Gahn says she's bracing for the impact a reduced food stamp program will have on her school. For many of her kids, school is the only place they can get a meal when food runs out at home.

“If I want to keep these kids in school, I’m going to have to provide more of these, which is going to be quite troublesome because we’re barely making it now,” Gahn said.

And schools aren't the only places expecting to shoulder a heavier load. Food banks such as Three Square and other charitable groups say concerned calls are already coming in.

With the reductions, a family of four will see $36 cut from their monthly grocery money.
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