Food Bank CEO: “People Are Scared to Death”

Monday, November 11, 2013
By Paul Martin

Demand for food overwhelms pantries in Wyoming

Paul Joseph Watson
November 11, 2013

The CEO of a major food bank in Wyoming warns that “people are scared to death” over the impact of a stimulus withdrawal which has left millions of Americans short of groceries, as demand begins to overwhelm food banks in the state and across the country.

Jay Martin, CEO of Joshua’s Storehouse in Casper, Wyoming told the Star-Tribune that the number of families using the food bank in October was already significantly up from a year ago and that the November 1st food stamp cut caused “an immediate upswing” in demand.

“People are scared to death of the lack of food availability,” Martin said.

Food banks across the state have also seen hikes in demand since the beginning of the month. “And we expect to see an increase for the rest of the year,” said Brittany Ogden, office manager for the Food Bank of Sweetwater County, which has seen 90 new families needing assistance in 2013.

From November 1st, $5 billion was wiped off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as a result of a planned stimulus withdrawal. Almost 50 million Americans who are supported by the program face an average loss of $36 dollars a month, which is a significant amount for those living near the poverty line. Additional cuts are also in the pipeline.

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