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Rally for Food Stamps Funding, Higher Wages for Fast Food Workers

They may work in the food business but they say they rely on food stamps to survive.

Thursday, area residents who say they rely on the Nutrition Assistance Program joined together with former fast food workers calling for higher wages.

At the protest outside the McDonald's on Main Street, the activists also called  on Congressman Hanna to oppose a bill that would cut the food stamp program by 40 billion dollars over the next ten years.

One Binghamton resident says it's already hard to survive off of the assistance he receives, and he spends most of his money on medications for diabetes and kidney failure.

"I worked all my life. It hurts for me to hear people that we put in office to speak on us like that. They have no idea what we go through on a daily basis just to survive," said Jesse Chitty, Binghamton resident who uses food stamps.

On November 1st, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which provides more funds for the food stamp program expires. This cut will effect more than 47 million Americans. 

Protests were scheduled by fast food and McDonald's workers in major cities across the country Thursday.


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