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Food stamp help reduced in Minnesota

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

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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