Johnston’s pantry sees visitor numbers increase 100% since 2021

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JOHNSTON, Iowa — Inflation, supply chain issues and reduced SNAP benefits are adding up and making it difficult for families to put food on the table.

Local food pantries, like the Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community, are struggling to meet the growing demand for food aid.

Johnston Partnership program director Andrea Cook said last month that the organization had seen an increase in the number of people visiting the pantry. Today, they assist around 3,000 people each month.

In April, when SNAP benefits were cut, the partnership saw a 100% increase over last year.

“We see a lot of people in space, we see a lot of people going in and out of space repeatedly, coming in several times a month, which they can do when they need to. And we also have a lot of people that we haven’t seen in years, sometimes six years or more, certainly before the pandemic. And many more first-time visitors, who have never needed this kind of help before,” Cook said.

In addition to food donations, the Johnston Partnership also accepts household products.

You can find out more about donating or volunteering here.

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