LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The cast of Hairspray at Lafayette Jeff High School wanted to do something to make life a little easier for people in need when they heard about the government shutdown a few weeks ago.
"So we decided to do a food drive for a couple of weeks and see if we can't bring some food in to Food Finders and then also maybe someone can learn something about Food Finders," choir director John Satterfield said.
Students donated enough food to provide more than 500 meals.
Food Finders director of development Cheryl Precious said although the food bank itself has not been impacted by budget cuts or the shutdown this year other agencies have been.
"Extra money that was put into the SNAP program, the food stamp program with the stimulus, is actually going to be eliminated November 1," Precious said. "Families that have gotten used to having a certain level of those food stamp benefits are now going to really be struggling."
Precious said to meet this year's demand Food Finders needs to provide about 450,000 meals a month. That's about 1,000,000 meals before the end of the year with the holidays right around the corner.
"We're just going to see that increase," Precious said. "There are going to be more folks that have to come to the food pantries to make ends meet and especially to get through the holiday months."
Precious said the food bank can always use more non-perishable, healthy foods.
If you'd like to help this holiday season Food Finders Food Bank is kicking off its annual food drive Saturday.
Drive Away Hunger
October 26 at 10:00 a.m.
217 N 6th Street, Lafayette
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