On Friday, people who receive food stamps will see a five percent drop in aid. As YNN's Erin Vannella reports, food pantries and soup kitchens could soon see a spike in people using their services.
STATEWIDE -- "Tonight we have spaghetti and mixed vegetables with delicious garlic bread and our favorite cup of water," said Albany resident Oscar Williams.
Albany's hungry give thanks for a meal that federal benefits may soon not provide for.
"It helps you save money. It really does. In the long run it helps you stretch out money during the month that you can use doing other things like paying other bills and things," said Williams.
Starting Friday, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expires. That means all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, recipients will receive 11 dollars less per person per month.
The Capital City Rescue Mission already serves 650 meals per day. But directors said they will be there to help as soon as the changes go into affect.
"The majority of people who come here are on supplemental food stamps. You know, we've had such a blessing with our donor base. We've been very fortunate to be keeping up with it," said Capital City Rescue Mission Admissions Director David Poach.
However, the warehouses that supply the mission are feeling the pinch too.
"It's really hard to say we have a new need now so donate more. It doesn't work that way. So all we can do is just continue our efforts to make the word known and just hope that increased donations come in with increased demands on the other side," said Capital Region Food Bank of Northeastern New York Executive Director Mark Quandt.
At the mission, even with a 10 to 15 percent annual increase in diners, directors say no one leaves hungry. For those on a path to provide for themselves, this is fuel to help them get there.
"You would be amazed when you just give somebody a warm meal and just love them for who they are, and they come around it's just amazing to see," said Poach.
The Capital City Rescue Mission and Capital Region Food Bank welcome and encourage donations. Head to regionalfoodbank.net or capitalcityrescuemission.com for more information about how you can help.