SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Crosslines is offering extended pantry services to SNAP recipients beginning in February.
As of Feb. 1, Crosslines will allow families with a SNAP benefit card and those awaiting SNAP benefit approval to visit the food pantry twice per month, according to a Council of Churches of the Ozarks press release.
Those planning to utilize this service must have one week between visits to the food pantry.
SNAP recipients must bring proof of SNAP benefits, such as the card, when visiting the pantry.
Crosslines will also have additional diapers for families in need of them.
“We are already receiving calls from families who are worried what happens when their SNAP benefits run out,” said Tom Faulkner, the director of Crosslines. “In addition, new SNAP applications are still being submitted by families in need of assistance. We have to be prepared to take on the additional need.”
Crosslines is currently serving an average of 108 families per day.
The release states that the USDA reports over 35,000 people in Greene County receive SNAP benefits each month.
It is unclear if those receiving SNAP benefits will receive benefits from March onwards due to the government shutdown.
According to the release, Crosslines estimates that SNAP benefits have an economic impact in Greene County of more than $4 million per month.
If you are interested in donating to Crosslines you can donate at crosslines.org, drop off items, host a food drive or volunteer by calling 417-865-1076.
Drop off times are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the front door of Crosslines.