Every October 1, SNAP benefits are adjusted to reflect changes in the cost of living. In April 2009, a law called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) commonly known as the stimulus package, raised SNAP benefits to help people affected by the recession. The increased benefits provided by this law are expected to expire on November 1, 2013. SNAP recipients will see two changes in their benefit amounts during the fall of 2013.
First, benefits will increase very slightly for most households on October 1 to reflect the costs of living. Then, ALL SNAP households across the nation will see their benefits decrease on November 1 due the end of the extra benefits provided by the 2009 ARRA law.
Millions of people already struggling will have less assistance to purchase food. Kids already looking for something on weekends to replace a school meal will have to look harder, seniors who struggle to decide if meds should be filled or if they can eliminate just one more thing from the grocery list… Until there is only a list and no money for food.
So many of you have helped us, and other pantries and soup kitchens too. I’m not coming to you for more right now I’m asking you to reach not into your pockets but into your contacts to educate friends who have NOT helped because they simply are not aware of what is happening or about to happen.
Yes I really want you to donate to the Queens Galley but if you choose another pantry thats great too! We are ALL in this together. There is no such thing as competition when it comes to making sure that our community has access to wholesome food. Please help, champion a pantry or soup kitchen anywhere near you or champion our mission here, but please be a champion. Www.thequeensgalley.org
6436 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 – (845) 876-3533 Food Pantry, Donegan Hall: Friday’s at 10am .