Local pantries slammed as food stamp benefits drop - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Local pantries slammed as food stamp benefits drop

Posted: Updated:
  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Residents react to missing machete man

    Residents react to missing machete man

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:07 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:07:17 GMT
    Police are still searching for a possibly armed suspect, 26-year-old Jeffrey Wegener in Oregon and Ripley counties in Missouri, along with Randolph county in Arkansas. 
    Police are still searching for a possibly armed suspect, 26-year-old Jeffrey Wegener in Oregon and Ripley counties in Missouri, along with Randolph county in Arkansas. Wegener stole an Oregon County Sheriff Department deputy's truck Sunday night and drove it into the Eleven Point River.
  • Missouri exceeding target for reducing energy use

    Missouri exceeding target for reducing energy use

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:17 AM EDT2014-04-23 09:17:20 GMT
    Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says it has exceeded a goal to reduce Missouri's energy consumption.
    Gov. Jay Nixon's administration says it has exceeded a goal to reduce Missouri's energy consumption.
  • Arch project hurting some businesses

    Arch project hurting some businesses

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-04-23 09:15:18 GMT
    Sales for some business in the Laclede's Landing area of the St. Louis riverfront are down - way down - and merchants are blaming construction.
    Sales for some business in the Laclede's Landing area of the St. Louis riverfront are down - way down - and merchants are blaming construction.
(Toledo News Now) -

As of Friday, 1.8 million Ohioans will see their food stamp benefits drop.

Advocates say the poor are going to be hurt and food banks like the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank will be slammed. The food bank distributes food to 300 agencies in eight counties, including day care centers, food pantries, senior centers and soup kitchens.

"We're going to need to have more food in order to distribute it to clients," said Laurie Cohen of the food bank.

The 2009 economic stimulus bill temporarily boosted the federal food stamp program for its 48 million nationwide recipients. The boosted benefits expired midnight Thursday, resulting in automatic 5.5 percent cuts to monthly distributions.

For a family of four, it's a cut of about $36.00.

"I think it's a shame," Cohen said. "Hunger is something that can be solved in our country and that's what we're here for."

Deacon Tom's Pantry at the Historic Church of St. Patrick receives supplies from the food bank. One of the regular weekly 250 clients there is Damien Porter.

"It helps me very well," Porter said. "What I don't have at home, it helps me get more food to eat."

Pantry volunteers worry their shelves may go bare, so they'll have to cut down on portions.

"Normally, we try to give them enough for three meals," said Mary Kay McPartlin, from the pantry. "Today, we've been able to give them enough for one meal."

The Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank needs help. The agency is now accepting not only food donations, but financial contributions. Visit their website for information on how to donate.

Mobile users, click on the "Video" button in the app to watch this story. Download our app here.

Copyright 2013 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Also on KFVS12.comMore>>

  • CONNECT WITH US

    CONNECT WITH US

    LIKE us on Facebook - Follow us on Twitter -  Get Text & Email Alerts - Download our Apps - Send us photos & video
    LIKE us on Facebook - Follow us on Twitter -  Get Text & Email Alerts - Download our Apps - Send us photos & video
Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.