Crosslines Prepares for Increased Demand
Beginning April 1, 2016 a change in federal food assistance regulations could remove up to 4,000 of the 45,000 Greene County residents who currently receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamp program) benefits.
“If people are homeless, unable to work, or otherwise unemployable, they will be faced with a very real and pressing need for food,” said Tom Faulkner, our Crosslines Director.
Through the end of February, Crosslines is already serving 6% more families than the same time last year; 6,621 people. In light of the increased demand in 2016 and the potential loss of SNAP benefits for thousands of our neighbors, Crosslines expects to be busier than ever.
In addition, a recent Springfield News-Leader article tells us that unemployment benefits are also being reduced, from 20 weeks to as few as 13 weeks. With 1 in 4 Springfield residents already living at or below the poverty line, your partnership has never been more important.
“We are going to be looking at something a little bigger and longer term [than meal kits]. As some of them lose their benefits, they are going to need more substantial food assistance than this,” said Tom Faulkner, as quoted in the News-Leader story, published February 2, 2016.
The total cost per Crosslines client served continues to be around $10 per-person. Your support can make a world of difference. Thanks again for your compassionate partnership with Crosslines.