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Activists Fight To Keep Food Stamp Funding

Groups Call On Sen. Schumer To Block Food Stamp Cuts
Older, traditional food stamps later replaced by EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards (credit: File/Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Older, traditional food stamps later replaced by EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards (credit: File/Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Anti-hunger activists are calling on a New York senator to block cuts to food stamp funding.

Anti-hunger activists launched a statewide campaign urging Sen. Charles Schumer to vote against any farm bill that includes cuts to the food stamp program.  The groups also want Schumer to push to restore recent cuts.

Mark Dunlea, of the Hunger Action Network, said New York state participants would bear the brunt of the new round of cuts included in a version of the farm bill that has already been agreed to by lead negotiators.

An estimated 850,000 households would see their food stamp benefits cut an additional $90 a month under the new farm bill, according to activists.  Three hundred thousand of those households are in New York state, primarily in public housing.

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