Food pantry facing increased pressure, less food

The Cache Community Food Pantry has seen a rise in demand after a rules change on July 1 that cut some 2,200 families with undocumented immigrants from state food stamp roles. The food pantry’s Executive Director Matt Whittaker says it’s already putting pressure on the local pantry and he hopes to be able to keep up with the increased demand. He says the last food drive was in May and there is not another one until the holidays.”I’d love to take…either the Boy Scout or Postal Carrier Food Drive and move it to the middle of the summer,” Whittaker says. “But where both are federally-mandated dates then I really can’t choose that date. But I would love to see a major food drive in the summer time.” Wittaker says, fortunately, contributions do continue to come in and in his words, “everything helps.” At least 120 families are currently being served each week and Whittaker says the new ones often say that although they still have a job their hours have been cut.

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