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Food stamp cuts expected to impact local charities

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With the holidays just weeks away, metro Atlanta charities are bracing themselves for an increased demand for assistance that typically comes with the season. But with the $5 billion cut in federal food stamp funding, it's possible that even more people will come to them for help.

Volunteers at MUST Ministries are gathering groceries for folks in Cobb County who need a little help feeding their families. Program Director Francis Braxton says donations are not meeting the increased demand for assistance, so MUST Ministries is expanding to increase its revenue.

"In order to create another revenue stream, the thrift store was an idea for us to utilize. So we're venturing out on opening a thrift store at the end of this year," Braxton said.

Braxton said he expects the automatic cuts to food stamp benefits that kicked in last week will impact their demand.

"I predict we'll see an increase of people coming to seek food assistance," Braxton said.

The folks at MUST Ministries are also preparing for their biggest fundraiser of the year. The 10th annual Gobble Jog kicks off on Thanksgiving morning. Click here for more information.

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