Reduced Snap Benefits Increases Food Pantry Demand

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP, has reduced its monthly benefits, which looks to increase demand on local food pantries.

Christ’s Table Executive Director Keely Warden discussed the role that the SNAP program plays and the role the food pantries will play in keeping up with needs.

“SNAP was extended during Covid and we all understand that budgets have to go back into order,” Warden said. “But it is going to impact the families and the seniors that we serve here in Muskingum County. About every person who received the extension is going to see about a $95 dollar cut. So that could be quite impactive to some of the larger families that we serve and it’s going to be very impactive to the seniors that we serve.”

Warden expressed pride and gratitude toward how the community supported each other though the pandemic and prevented a bad situation from becoming a societal tragedy.

Local food pantries and hot meal programs, who have been working together, have anticipated the SNAP benefit adjustment and have been bracing for the increase in demand.

“The thing I think concerns us is not only just money for our food pantries,” Warden said. “Money and food is definitely going to be needed but another thing that a lot of people don’t think about is, that’s volunteers. Many of these food pantries and hot meal programs are run strictly by volunteers. So if they had two or three volunteers when things were slow, and I say that slow in quotation marks, look at the volunteers they’re going to need when things pick up.”

If you are in need of food or have an interest in volunteering to serve in the community and not sure how, you can contact Warden at (740) 452-9766.

Muskingum County Hunger Network 

Meals served in 2022 October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022

Church of God and Saints of Christ1,176
Coburn United Methodist Church15,372
College Drive Presbyterian Church17,552
Eastside Community Ministry Food Pantry                     37,629
Jubilee Revival Center10,170
The Light House Food Pantry40,326
Limestone Valley16,173
Mount Sterling United Methodist Church9,810
North Terrace Church of Christ18,630
Roseville Community Food Pantry 32,391
South Zanesville United Methodist Church 68,306
 Salvation Army Food Pantry 31,185
 Trinity Full Gospel – We Care26,847
Total Pantry Meals Served 325,567
  Hot Meals 
Christ’s Table 75,058
Fellowship of Christ’s Community                          3,690
Muskingum County Center for Seniors 146,451
Salvation Army 29,551
Total Hot Meals Served 254,750  

 Total Meals Served Pantry/Hot Meals  580,317  

Matthew Morris
Matt joined WHIZ in 2014 as a part-time radio board operator. In 2018, he graduated from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism's Carr Van Anda program where he earned an Outstanding Entrepreneurship award for his Photo-Journalism work at area speedways. Matt is a native of Morgan County who is familiar with the layout and history of Southeastern Ohio.