Oct 31, 2013 1:17 PM by Joe Bevans

Churches warn against food stamp cuts

Church leaders in eight southeastern states say their congregations won't be able to meet the increased needs of food stamp recipients if the federal program is cut as scheduled on Friday. That's when a temporary benefit from the 2009 stimulus that boosted food stamp dollars will expire. According to the Agriculture Department, that means a family of four receiving food stamps will receive $36 less a month. The cuts are expected to reduce the almost $80 billion program by almost $5 billion next year. The cost of the program has more than doubled since 2008 as the economy has struggled. The Rev. Betty Meadows, a Presbyterian leader in Charlotte, N.C., says "to cut programs now puts extra added strain on how we as a faith community respond." The Rev. Russell Meyer, executive director of the Florida Council of Churches, calls the cuts "a special tax on people of faith."


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Falcon school fights to save student's life

FALCON- Aden Knar, a third grade student at Falcon Virtual Academy, is in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant. His school, Falcon Virtual Academy, will host a bone marrow donor drive tomorrow to help find a match Aden. Knar, 10, was diagnosed at age 4 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and entered remission in 2008. In November 2013, the Knar family learned that the leukemia had returned, and is now isolated in his bone marrow. In an outreach of support, Falcon Virtual Academy hosted a bone marrow donor drive in January, and will be hosting another tomorrow from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 6113 Constitution Ave., directly west of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. "We wanted to reach out to the family again," said Jodi Fletcher, assistant principal. Fletcher explained that more than 250 people participated in the January drive, and she hopes to have similar numbers April 19. The money from a bake sale at the drive, and a portion of the proceeds raised from a spring formal...

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