CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-Chattanooga Area Foodbank are concerned and angry about a proposal to cut foodstamps.
"feeding America estimates that it will result in a 1.5 billion meals annually, that's more meals provided than the entire of Area Foodbank network nationally"
They feel a lot of families in the Volunteer state will now be pushed into poverty.
"Over 88% of people on SNAP benefits are at or below the national poverty level, that means 20,000 dollars for a family of 3 these folks are already struggling to make ends meet and this will hit them even harder"
Metropolitan Ministries in Chattanooga say there are many knock on effects to cutting Food stamps.
Growth in homelessness, with greater poverty comes greater crime, likely to see that, to see ER's even more stressed than they already are"
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann says these cuts are necessary .
"basically it will allow and save 39 billion dollars it will allow those who are deserving to stay on the program"
He feels some new changes will also improve the economy.
"It will also allow able bodied adults with no Children to work"
Church groups say they will not be able to take on the extra demands if a replacement is not found.
The White House has threatened to veto the House bill that calls for drastic food stamp cuts.