LCCAA Announces Request for 2013 Food Pantry Partnershipsposted 9/13/13 -- Lorain County Community Action Agency announced today it will be providing funding to Lorain County food pantries to assist pantries in November and December of this year. With cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—more commonly known as food stamps--hitting low income households in November, the agency recognizes the spike in demand that will occur at local food pantries.
“We looked into our funding to make this partnership money available,” reports Jackie Boehnlein, President & CEO. “While $1,500 or so per pantry will not solve the issue, we are doing what we can” Boehnlein adds.
The reduction for a family of four will be $36 monthly starting November 1, 2013. That is the equivalent of 24 meals costing $1.50 each. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA-FNS) reports that 80% of SNAP recipients fully draw down their benefits within two weeks of receiving their monthly benefit (USDA-FNS “The Stimulus Package and Snap”).
In its information for SNAP recipients regarding the change in benefits, the USDA-FNS advises those struggling with hunger and need in food right away to contact a regional food bank or State information line to locate a nearby pantry (http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap-arra-2013). United Way of Lorain County’s 2-1-1 First Call for Help also lists food pantry services.
Food pantries interested in applying for the funding will find LCCAA’s Request for Partnership announcement posted on the agency’s website (www.lccaa.net) under About Us/Doing Business with LCCAA. The deadline for application is October 10, 2013.