Local Food Bank Running Low After Federal Benefits Change

By Steve Jackson

Spokane residents who are having a hard time making ends meet will find this holiday season a particularly difficult one. There's less government assistance for those who rely on it, because of recent cuts in the federal food stamp program and to unemployment benefits.
Those cuts have meant the 2nd Harvest Food Bank in Spokane has been busier than ever. Melissa Cloninger with 2nd Harvest says the bank has seen increased use in recent months, even before this fall's federal budget cuts.
Cloninger: “We experienced an increase of about 22 percent, and then this fall we experienced a 13 percent increase from September trough October.”

Cloninger says they are hoping the community, will come forward with extra donations this time of year. She says "the protein rich items are greatly needed, like canned soups and stews, mac and cheese, tuna, peanut butter, and also canned vegetables and fruit.”
Cloninger says Second harvest is always looking for cash donations as well. If you’d like to help out , you can check out the food banks website at 2-harvest.org, or drop off your donations at 1234 east front avenue in Spokane.
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