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Baltimore offers help amid food stamp cuts

Sunday - 11/3/2013, 3:20pm  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Baltimore is offering new ways to help families stretch their food budgets after cuts to the federal food stamps program.

This weekend, Apples and Oranges Fresh Market in Baltimore rolled out a new program with city leaders. The new Bonus Bucks program will give shoppers with food stamps an extra $10 a week if they shop at a farmers' market.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the program Saturday. It's funded by a private grant. The city also is working with grocery stores to offer classes and advice to shoppers on how to eat healthy on a budget.

WJZ-TV ( ) reports about 30 percent of grocery shoppers in Baltimore use food stamps. Food banks are already stretched and are expecting even more demand for services after the federal reductions for food stamps.

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