HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Local food banks served more in 2016

By Tess Bargebuhr, wect.com

335 days ago   Article ID# 3995953
Original URL

 

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA (wect.com) - The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is reporting a 12% increase in the number of clients at food pantries last year. Beth Gaglione is the Wilmington Branch Director at the food bank. She said that new food stamp guidelines in 2016 could have been a factor in the increased need.

In early 2016, federal guidelines required adults under 50 with no dependents to prove they work, volunteer, or are enrolled in a federally-approved jobs training program, for at least 20 hours a week to keep their benefits.

“There is a possibility that the two are linked and we are seeing fewer people on food stamps as a result of the work requirement,” Gaglione said. She added that they can't say for sure that it caused the spike in need.

According to Gaglione, the requirements impacted 35,000 people in North Carolina. She said the food bank concentrates on two vulnerable populations, those in rural communities, and people who may not be aware of the requirements when relocating from out of state.

“Some of them feel like the rug has been pulled out from under them because they did not realize that the requirement was in place because it is fairly new,” Gaglione said.

She stressed that volunteer hours count toward the work requirement, for anyone still getting back on their feet.

"If they’re interested in connecting with one of our partner agencies that are distributing food several times a week, volunteering those hours at a food pantry does count,” she said.

Gaglione said the food bank has also created a new department for community engagement, job training and employment opportunities.

Copyright 2017 wect.com   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 335 days ago   Article ID# 3995953

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Food Bank of WNY News

Summer food program provides meals to kids in need

181 days ago From newsobserver.com 

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - ...

10 tons of sweet potatoes donated to area food bank

409 days ago From goupstate.com 

SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA - ...

Food Bank offers disaster relief boxes for storm victims

419 days ago From wwaytv3.com 

WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA - ...

Food Bank secures grant for hunger relief effort

476 days ago From thepilot.com 

SOUTHERN PINES, NORTH CAROLINA - ...

Food Lion giving away free groceries

790 days ago From abc11.com 

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  Next >> 

<< Return To Community Service News

Action Center

Climate change will bring more and more heat waves

Action: Climate Change

The heat in Malaysia often feels next to unbearable. For days on end, the sun is scorching and the heat is sweltering. That, ...

End Phosphate Mining in Manatee County

Action: Wildlife Conservation

The expansion of phosphate mining in Manatee County would threaten freshwater resources in the Myakka and Peace River watersh ...

Amazon basin deforestation could disrupt distant rainforest by remote climate connection

Action: Stop Deforestation

The ongoing deforestation around the fringes of the Amazon may have serious consequences for the untouched deeper parts of th ...

Stop coal mining assault on this roadless forest

Action: Stop Pollution

President Trump has been clear since day one that he’s turning over the nation’s public lands and environment to King Coa ...

Defend our wildlife from the search for Atlantic oil

Action: Save Our Oceans

From Maine to Florida, people along the East Coast strongly oppose offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean -- yet ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright The Charity Vault All rights reserved.