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Food stamp cuts hit families hard during Thanksgiving

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In a season celebrated for its giving, hardship is often amplified during the holidays.

Free thanksgiving dinner came during the lunch time hour at Northwest Charlotte's Harvest Center Wednesday.

Marian Cash is among those surviving on less. "It's hard for me to find job and I depend on those food stamps to feed me and my family," she said.

Like so many others who visit the center, fewer resources come her way because the feds reduced the amount she receives in food stamp benefits.

Beverly Howard heads up Loaves and Fishes, and on this day volunteers were at the WFNZ Dog House for the annual Street Turkey Food Drive.

Howard told WBTV, "The food stamp cuts seem pretty small, but it's going to take a million and half dollars out the Mecklenburg County economy every month."

Sharing is welcomed at places like the Harvest Center, because in instances outreach organizations feel they're a life line when state and federal agencies are slashing their budgets.

Catherine Brewton returned to this year's thanksgiving event.

The ministry was started by her late mother Barbara Brewton Cameron.

"We had someone drive two hours on Friday and donate 50 turkeys and people near and far are showing up and saying, if I could get a turkey and a can of Green Beans I'll be able to feed my family," Brewton said.

Marian Cash can relate. "So it's hard for me to budget the money," she said. "So I can have everything I need for Thanksgiving dinner."

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