Late last year, the Trump administration changed the eligibility requirements for food stamps, a decision that would have resulted in several million people nationwide losing food stamp (SNAP) eligibility.
Thanks to lobbying efforts from progressive groups, Congress pushed back, refusing to put Trump’s cuts in the FY20-21 budget. Recently, a federal judge ruled the Trump administration order was “arbitrary and capricious.” Then, on Wednesday, Trump signed a coronavirus response bill into law that explicitly reverses his previous rule change — but only during the coronavirus outbreak.
Meanwhile, restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak have resulted in increased traffic at our local food pantry.
The one food pantry in Northumberland County is the “Gleamers and Blenders” located on Hwy 200, east of Burgess, across from the big Shiloh Baptist Church. The director, Charles Howard, is not paid, nor are any of the volunteers who work at the food pantry; Charles also drives an ambulance for MidCounty Vol Rescue Squad as well as driving the Northumberland Public Library’s bookmobile.
Gleamers and Blenders receives food from several sources:
— Food Lion donates meat, bread, and pastry products which Charles and other volunteers pick up 2-3 times a week
— Some local farms donate extra produce
— Local groups and individuals donate food and volunteers
They can always use canned food — my church collects food donations, which we deliver monthly.
If you or any organization you belong to can help — either one-time, occasionally, or permanently — by donating cash, food, or volunteer hours — all help is appreciated and will have a real impact.
If you want to send a check:
make your check payable to Gleamers and Blenders;
mail the check to the Northumberland County Democratic Committee, PO Box 277, Heathsville VA 22473
we will get the checks to the food pantry.