ASHLAND, Ore. – As cuts to snap benefits take effect, food banks struggle to keep up with demand.
The Ashland Emergency Food Bank says they’ve seen a 25% increase in demand in the past few months. In October alone, the food bank served a record-breaking 1,300-1,400 people. Around three quarters of those people are on snap benefits.
Now those benefits are dropping about 6%, and the food bank is already the last option for those families receiving benefits.
“There are no more resources out there, so those of us who are in the food business are just going to have to really work together,” said Ashland Emergency Food Band Manager Pam Marsh. “It’s going to be thin, but it’ll be something.”
Marsh says they’ll never turn people away, but they may have to ration food for families already struggling to get proper nutrition.
“We’re never not going to serve people,” said Marsh. “We’re going to do everything we can.”
Now food banks around the region are calling for more donations. They say demand is expected to rise even more during the holiday season.