Troops of Scouts will be out in force Saturday working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to help feed hungry families across the area as part of the "Scouting For Food" effort.
This year a number of different programs that serve families in need have seen drastic cuts. SNAP and food stamp programs both lost funding at the beginning of this month, meaning families already struggling will lose approximately 15 to 20 meals a month. That slack is going to have to be picked up by local food banks.
"For people that are vulnerable and that are already struggling to make ends meet, it is going to be a greater challenge for them and consequently we believe more people will turn to their neighborhood food banks for assistance," Melissa Cloninger with Second Harvest Food Bank said.
Most people are surprised to learn that despite a measurable improvement in the economy since the recession food banks are still being hit hard, she added.
"We have increased our distribution of donated food to the neighborhood food banks that we serve by almost 70-percent over the last four years," Cloninger said.