WHO ARE THE FOOD PANTRY CLIENTS?
October 25, 2015
Beach explained that few to none of the people who come to the Food Pantry are not working. “They are elderly people living on a fixed income and/or underemployed people working several jobs, in many cases, just to make ends meet,” Beach explained.
Number Soar on Holidays
The Pantry feeds approximately 50 families each week. Last Thanksgiving and Christmas the Pantry helped feed 92 families.
The Food Pantry offers food to individuals and families in the 32625 ZIP Code. Pantry staff ask for some official correspondence attesting to the fact that applicants live within the ZIP Code area; a light bill would work. If they have children, staff asks for some kind of official paper attesting to that fact; a school report card will suffice.
Those Earning Less
The Pantry operates within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for its Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP). In order to be eligible to take food from the Pantry, according the USDA, poverty levels apply: individuals must have an annual income of $15,301 or less; a family of two $20,709 or less; a family of four $31,525 or less; and so on.
WHAT HAPPENS EVERY THURSDAY AT THE PANTRY? and HOW DOES THE FOOD GET TO THE PANTRY?
will be the subject of tomorrow’s article.