Cutbacks Affecting Local Food Pantry

By: Raquel Moore
By: Raquel Moore

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A local food pantry is receiving nearly $12,000 less in federal funding compared to five years ago. The Rock River Valley Food Pantry has been hit hard by the $3,000 cutback this year from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The director says they will now have to rely more on donations from fundraisers.

With cutbacks from both FEMA and the SNAP program, which gives low-income families money for food each month, the food pantry says it will equate to almost 16 less meals a month for people receiving the maximum benefits. Last year the pantry received $16,000 from FEMA and this year, they’re only getting $13,000.

"This is the description of a perfect storm, were definitely gonna begin to see more families that need assistance and were actually receiving less federal funds through the FEMA program to provide that assistance, creating greater demand on our fundraising efforts, donations and on our food drives as well as our grant applications,” said Kim Adams-Bakke, Executive Director of the Rock River Valley Food Pantry.

The Rock River Valley Pantry says it’s projected to spend about $450,000 this year on food and even with the cutbacks they say the number won’t change.

The pantry gives away about 85,000 pounds of food on a monthly basis.

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