11 - 07 - 2013 Funding decreases will mean more dependence on food pantries
[LS] - The funding that supports the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will shrink & that is going to swell the number of local residents who'll be visiting local food pantries. The Executive director of the Juniata County Food Pantry, Kathy Queitzsch, told the Lewistown Sentinel that the number of people needing supplemental food from them could double. Queitzsch said that since the start of November, she's seen a jump of at least 50 clients, adding that "People around here have always been generous with food and monetary donations, but this is going to affect everyone." Your Hometown Stations is helping to meet this new demand by once again partnering with the Boy Scouts of the Juniata Valley to help in their annual "Scouting For Food" program. You are urged to join in helping by bringing any non-perishable food items to our studios at 114 N. Logan Blvd. in Burnham between 8am-5pm to drop off in boxes earmarked for each station. All food gathered will benefit the Juniata County Food Pantry, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, Shelter Services, and The Salvation Army.