Washington County VA

Food banks concerned about cutbacks

Appalachian Fair-goers offered free rides in exchange for canned goods

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - Local food banks are keeping an eye on Congress to see if benefits will be cut to food stamps.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee's executive director Rhonda Chafin says Congress could cut $40 billion over 10 years to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The cuts could happen when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill in September.

Chafin said the need for food is real in northeast Tennessee.

"It will affect us locally because individuals that receive benefits -- those benefits can be cut, reduced, and then that puts a tremendous burden on the agencies that we serve," said Chafin.

If you bring five cans of food to the Appalachian Fair on Tuesday you can get a pass for two free rides.

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