AP, KENNEWICK, Wash. — Food bank organizers in the Tri-Cities say their reserves are being depleted and are expecting more demand after a state foods program is cut back.

AP, KENNEWICK, Wash. — Food bank organizers in the Tri-Cities say their reserves are being depleted and are expecting more demand after a state foods program is cut back.

The Tri-City Herald reports food banks are experiencing demand usually seen during the holiday season.

An already strained situation might be about to become worse because almost 400 families in Benton and Franklin counties lose half their food stamp benefits starting Sunday under a plan to save money in the state budget.

The program provides food assistance to low-income people who are legal residents of the United States but haven’t lived here long enough to qualify for federal food stamps.

The state-funded program has 370 households enrolled in Benton and Franklin counties. That will be cut in half starting Sunday when reductions for the 2012-13 budget year go into effect.

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