Food Banks and Food Stamps
I work at our local food bank here in my little village in Alaska. We serve four communities Which cover around 50 miles, and we are currently serving around 350 families.
In doing so we were receiving 2 federal shipments of commodities each month as well as receiving a good amount of food from the state food bank system and extra funding to purchase extra food supplies.
That has all ended and now the food bank here is struggling and we are better off than many of the food banks in villages further out and more remote than we are. Many of those village have lost their grocery stores (most only have one in a village.)
If not for my boss' talent at grant writing we would be in dire shape and be closed or closing soon. The amount of food we are able to give out is less than half of what we had been giving over the last 2-3 years.
Add to that, the folks here who get food stamps have not received them in somewhere between 3 and 8 months. They claim they are just backed up that bad on the paperwork needed. Those that have finally started getting them again said they amount they get was very drastically cut. I have disabled seniors with incomes around $400 to $700 a month who are telling us they were cut to $30 to $100 a month in food stamps.
My mother in law told us this week that friends who work at the food bank closest to her say they are having issues getting food as well.
Does anyone know if your areas are dealing with these same issues?
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