Community Harvest Food Bank ready if food stamps run out

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As we go into nearly 3 weeks of a partial government shutdown, many worried about the status of food stamps.

Earlier this week the Trump administration announced the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, will have funding through the end of February.

However, if the partial shutdown continues, that funding is still in question. The Community Harvest Food Bank is ready to step in, if necessary.

They serve 9 counties in northeast Indiana, and anyone that needs assistance can get help from the food bank. And that may be a reality soon.

Should the shutdown continue, the food stamps program can dip into their reserve fund, but that doesn’t cover a full month of benefits for March.

If this does happen, the food bank says they don’t rely on government money, and the community always steps up when they’re in need.

“Less than 8% of our funding comes from the government, and that’s by design.  The rest of our funding comes from this area, our community. It’s always neighbors helping neighbors…If we were to go low on food, I know we could put a call out, and people would be there to help in any way they could,” explains Carmen Cumberland, executive president of the Community Harvest Food Bank.

Learn more about the programs the Community Harvest Food Bank provides head to CommunityHarvest.org.

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