Need for food heats up in the cold

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The need for food heats up in the cold.

St. Vincent de Paul provides emergency shelter food, clothing and household items to more than 100,000 people every year.

The food pantry is only open a couple days a week.

The non-profit sees around 3,000 to 4,000 people each day and distributes nearly 30,000 to 40,000 meals.

“December 23rd was the highest day in our history and we’ve been operating now for the better part of 15 years.  We had an equivalent number about two weeks ago, about 420 families, close to 5,000 individuals served,” says St. Vincent de Paul Executive Director David Bohardt.

Bohardt says besides higher heating costs, there are two other things that are causing this increase in need.

“There’s the $4.05 cent a month reduction per person in the amount of food stamp assistance.  Plus, if individuals can’t meet the job training and work requirements in the SNAP regulations, they actually lose their benefits.  So, that probably accounts for some of the increased demand that we’ve seen,” explains Bohardt.

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