Food banks helping more people after food stamp cut
The recent cut in food stamps is affecting people all across the Tennessee valley and northern Georgia.
Those seeing the biggest impact from the cuts are the local food banks.
Food banks are seeing dozens more families now, than they were just a month ago.
On a typical week Ray's Community Food Bank in Whitfield County serves families from all over, by giving them food to feed their families.
"We will run anywhere from 15 a week to 19, families that is," said Angie Taylor.
However, since the recent cuts in food stamps across the country, they're giving the food out quicker than they can bring it in.
"Due to recent cuts we're serving 44 to 45 families per week," said Taylor.
This is leaving their shelves bare and their wallets thin.
Taylor, along with her Husband, Benjamin and Wendy Richmond are coordinators for the food bank.
She says before the spike they were spending under $50 a week to feed families, today, it's doubled to nearly $120.
"People just have no idea how hard it is for the people to feed their families," said Taylor.
Taylor says food banks depend on donations and what they need more than ever is funding. She says a little goes a long way.
"The Chattanooga Food Bank and the Dalton Branch allow us to buy food at reduced costs," said Taylor. "We get 150lbs of meat and 150lbs of bread and we usually buy maybe 4 boxes of hamburger helper."
Taylor says they're able to do a lot, with even just 5 dollars. She says they can buy 12 cans of corn for $1.81 or 12 boxes of cereal for $1.71.
"2.50 will feed a family for 3 days and that's some breakfast, some hot dogs for lunch and a dinner," Said Dene Penrod, Volunteer.
It's a small amount that could make a huge difference.
"It breaks your heart knowing someone might be putting their child to bed hungry that night," said Taylor.
Ray's Community Food Bank isn't the only food bank dealing with the increase.
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If you would like to help Ray's Community, call Taylor at 706-934-5934