While job loss is part of the problem, Anderson says that the bulk of his clients are the working poor. Their minimum-wage jobs are simply not paying enough to cover their bills.
“The recent deduction in food stamps causes many of these people a loss of $36 of purchasing power – which is a lot of money to someone making their wages,” he added. “And they are facing a cliff effect. As soon as they get a raise, they are immediately cut on food stamps, child care and other services, which throws them right back to where they were before.”
Money from the Friend to Friend program becomes available Oct. 1 and continues until the money is depleted, which is usually February, long before spring has sprung.
Ways to give to Friend to Friend: Mail: Friend to Friend, c/o United Way of Madison County, P. O. Box 1200 Anderson, IN 46015. Online: unitedwaymadisonco.org/giveheat Text: GIVEHEAT to 50555 to donate $10 (data charges may apply)