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SNAP benefits sign at a farmers market. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/4712301777/">mswine</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
SNAP benefits sign at a farmers market. Photo: mswine, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Hunger groups ask Schumer to block food stamp cuts

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Anti-hunger groups are calling on New York Sen. Charles Schumer to block cuts to food stamps.

Anti-hunger activists have launched a statewide campaign urging Schumer to vote against any farm bill that includes cuts in food stamp funding. They also want Schumer to push to restore recent cuts.

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Mark Dunlea of the Hunger Action Network says food stamps participants in New York state would bear the brunt of the new round of cuts in the farm bill that have been agreed to by the lead negotiators.

Activists say an estimated 850,000 households would see their food stamp benefits cut an additional $90 a month under the new farm bill and 300,000 of those households are in New York state, primarily in public housing.

Schumer was not available for comment.

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