Thousands of people in the Rochester area depend on SNAP benefits and many of them were forced to stretch those benefits to their limits last month because of the partial government shutdown.
Tuesday night, Foodlink is providing additional food distributions to address the “SNAP gap” in Rochester. 14 centers have been set up to serve 3,500 families who are still struggling even though the government is back open.
There has been such a high demand that Foodlink already reached its maximum number of 250 households before 4 p.m.
Foodlink says that they decided to do these extra food distributions this week because between children being on vacation from school and parents having to feed them instead of them receiving school meals, and the government shut down, there is an exceptionally high need.
People have continued to show up here at the rec center despite Foodlink having reached their max for the day, which they say is never easy.
For a list of food distributions, click here.