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More families visit soup kitchens for Thanksgiving meal

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Roughly 875,000 people in Kentucky get help from SNAP, according to the USDA. About 350,000 of them are children. Roughly 875,000 people in Kentucky get help from SNAP, according to the USDA. About 350,000 of them are children.
Clinney Stevenson and his 1-month-old son Clinney Stevenson and his 1-month-old son
Patricia Stevenson Patricia Stevenson
Nina Mosely Nina Mosely
Linda Romine Linda Romine

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Stevensons have a lot to be thankful for.

"He's a blessing, a blessing," Clinney Stevenson said of his 1-month-old son.

This Thanksgiving marked the first the new parents ate at the Wayside Christian Mission.

"It's been hard for us," Patricia Stevenson said. "We've been living with friends and family."

Patricia is worried things might get harder for her family. SNAP, or food stamp benefits were cut by $5 billion November 1.

"It means, just basically, us going hungry," she explained.

Roughly 875,000 people in Kentucky get help from SNAP, according to the USDA. About 350,000 of them are children.

"Folks who are already on the low end of things are even worse off than they were," said Chief Operating Officer for the Wayside Christian Mission Nina Mosely.

On a national average, a household receives $278 in SNAP assistance a month. Estimates indicate that a family of four will lose $36 of that.

"It's the people I meet every day, not on a holiday, day in and day out," Linda Romine, Communications Director for St. Vincent de Paul told us "The clients I talk to are suffering, they're struggling to make ends meet," she said.

St. Vincent de Paul has served 2,000 more meals a month since October. She said the early chill has added to the up tick.

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