Food pantries expect increased need

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email
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WICHITA, Kan. -- The Kansas Food Bank expects a gradual increase in need with the holiday season approaching and next month's federal funding cuts.

"That concerns us on our pantry level because we know families are going to be coming and seeking additional food assistance," said Debi Kreutzman, Community Relations Manager.

The temporary boost in benefits to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, is scheduled to end on Nov. 1.

"It's a little bit scary," said Kreutzman. "It's going to be a gradual need that we see."

Kreutzman has being engaging the public and asking people to organize food and fund drives.

Wichita State University organized the second annual "Shocker Lifeline to End Hunger" event. The month-long campus food drive also helped to bring awareness of hunger to students on campus.

"I think that we often feel that efforts like this are overwhelming," said Deborah Ballard-Reisch, WSU communications professor. "When we all come together and each of us do a little bit, we really can make a difference."

Last year, students and staff donated more than 5,300 pounds of food during the food drive.

For information on donating food, clicking here.

For information on donating money, clicking here.

To volunteer, clicking here.

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