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Feds make cuts to nutrition education for food stamp recipients

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Leaders of a program aimed at helping low-income Minnesotans make healthier food choices are bracing for a significant cut to funding by the federal government, MPR reports.

As part of the fiscal cliff negotiations, Congress took about $110 million from the nutritional education component for recipients of food stamps to prevent dairy prices from skyrocketing.

The University of Minnesota Extension, which runs the program statewide, expects $2.6 million to be cut from the $9.7 million grant the state receives for the 2013 fiscal year.

More than 100 community nutrition educators across Minnesota teach healthy cooking and shopping skills to people eligible for food stamps.

Extension leaders are looking for new funding sources and don't expect to lay off nutrition educators, but are concerned the cuts could reduce the effectiveness of the program by reaching fewer people.

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