Ocala Food Food Pantry Struggling to Serve Community
Published October 24th, 2013
OCALA- At least one food pantry in North Central Florida is bracing for an influx they say they aren't prepared for.
In a little more than a week 3.6 million Floridians who rely on food stamps will see their benefits cut.
Families turn to interfaith food bank in ocala to help with her basic food needs, but interfaith seems to have reached a dead end when it comes to donations.
Interfaith Food Pantry Warehouse Manager, Thomas Curtis explains, "Well pretty much the food we have behind me right now in this room is all we have, once this food is gone if nothing else comes in the door we have to shut the door."
Curtis expects the problem to get worse at the beginning of next month when Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits decrease due to the expiration of the American Recovery and Reinvestment A ct of 2009.
Department of Children and Families Representative John Harrell points out in an email that benefits for a family of 4 with no income will decrease by 36 dollars a month after the change.
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