Dear friends, On behalf of everyone at The Crisis Center, I’d like to say thank you. Because of your generosity, we are able to work toward the vision that every individual in our community has support during time of need, whether they are facing an emotional, food, or financial crisis. Thank you. As many of […]
The average cost of a low-income meal is $2.36 in the U.S. The average SNAP (food stamp) recipient’s benefits cover only $1.86 of each meal (Urban Institute).
In other words, food stamps cover about 21 days of food each month before they run out completely, leaving individuals and families to stretch their resources to the max until the first of the next month. Without other resources, like the food bank, many low-income families would be without enough food in their cupboards to feed their families for over a week.
Allan Berger, an emergency veterinarian at Bright Eyes & Bushy Tails in Iowa City, completed the 60-hour-long training to become a Crisis Intervention volunteer in 2014. Since then, Allan has given 465 hours—about 20 days—of his time answering the Crisis Line. “You never know what you’re going to get when the phone rings,” Allan said. […]