Cut in food stamps causing health issues, and strain for Food Bank
January 11, 2014 at 3:26 AM CST - Updated July 21 at 10:13 AM
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA)
Food Stamps have seen some major cuts in the last few months.
Now some doctors are concerned it will create health implications for recipients.
Back in November, nearly 3,000 people in the Panhandle were affected when Congress cut Food Stamps.
"You're forced with feeding your family or not feeing your family, you tend to choose the cheapest options available and when you look at the cheapest options of food that are available, it's a lot of food that is not really good in the nutrition department," said Zack Wilson, the Executive Director of the High Plains Food Bank.
Which is why doctors say many people on Food Stamps may soon be dealing with health issues.
With out proper nutrition, Dietitian Tim Cunningham says there can be major health repercussions.
"Especially this time of year with chronic colds and flu and so forth, if you are not getting that protein or those nutrients, your immune system is not going to work the way that it's supposed to and it's going to lead to infections," he said.
But this isn't the only impact the cuts have been causing.
"It puts strain on us. At times we've had some issues with bringing food in and keeping up with the demands our agencies have," Wilson told us.
And although going to the Food Bank this is always an option, Cunningham says it all comes down to choices when eating on a budget.
"You can buy a bag of potato chip for $3.99 or a bag of potatoes for $3.99 that will feed you for a week, instead of one sitting, so it's about choices, it's not about it's too expensive," Cunningham said.
In order to help make more healthy choices available, the Food Bank says they've been expanding their produce options.