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Food stamp help reduced in Minnesota

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news Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans who receive food stamps will receive less education than in the past because of federal budget cuts.

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The University of Minnesota Extension announced Monday that it must reduce the number of staff members in the food stamp education program due to a 28 percent federal funding reduction. Forty jobs will be lost statewide.

There was no immediate information about how many Minnesotans may lose their education opportunities.

The program is known as SNAP-Ed, for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education. SNAP is the new term for food stamps.

The education program teaches low-income foods stamp recipients how to best use their federal aid to buy healthy food.

A restructured SNAP-Ed will provide regional programs that cover several counties.

New regional educators will begin early next year.

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