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Crosslines Steps Up to Help Government Workers Who Aren't Getting Paid

Due to the partial government shutdown, Crosslines is extending its hours.  The USDA has said that SNAP recipients will receive both their January and February benefits by January 20, and there’s no guarantee they’ll get them in March.  New SNAP applications are being accepted, but the Department of Social Services isn’t guaranteeing eligible applicants will receive Food Stamps while the government is partially shut down.

Tom Faulkner, director of Crosslines, says they’re already receiving calls from families worried about what happens when their SNAP benefits run out.  According to Faulkner, they have to be prepared to take on the additional need.

Starting February 1, Crosslines will allow families with a SNAP benefit card and those waiting on SNAP benefit approval to visit the food pantry twice per month (they must wait one week in between visits) until Food Stamp benefits resume.  Crosslines has also partnered with Diaper Bank of the Ozarks to offer diapers for families that need them.

The public can help by donating money, food and baby formula to Crosslines and by volunteering.  Donations can be dropped off at the front door of Crosslines from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Find out how to volunteer by calling 865-1076.