Per Van Etten Trustee, James Loomis: The County Department of Health has completed it's testing, and authorized the cancellation of the Boil Water Advisory in Van Etten. Customers can resume using the water as normal.
SNAP Cuts and Eligibility
October 11, 2013
ELMIRA -- (WENY) Mary Laurey has been coming to the Salvation Army every Wednesday and Friday for the past seven years, helping thousands of people in Chemung County put food on the table.
"I'm looking for the people in Chemung County that are currently eligible to receive benefits but are not receiving them," said Mary Laurey, Nutrition Outreach and Education Program Coordinator (NOEP).
She prescreens applicants for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or earlier known as food stamps. There are different eligibility incomes for each household size. She then sends this information directly to the department of social services. They could hear back in as quickly as a few hours. Some question SNAP fraud. Mary says she hasn't seen it here.
"When some one comes in to apply I do see the income that they're currently receiving they do bring in the proof of number of people in their household and they're not doing anything fraud that I can see," added Laurey.
But soon families will be getting even less benefits with the end of the temporary increase provided by the government. Almost 50 dollars less a month for a family of five.
"You have to think these households were already struggling to make their SNAP benefits last throughout the month. And now we're going to be taking away some of those benefits."
She says the largest impacts will be on the food pantries who are supplying the food when these families need it most.
"That's where people are going to turn for the extra help with making it through the month."
But Mary and the volunteers at the Salvation Army will keep doing their job, making sure families in Chemung County won't be going hungry.
She said, "I absolutely love my job. When someone comes and they're in a state of despair and they're looking for help and you're able to give them that help it definitely is a rewarding position."
If you or someone you know needs food assistance you can call 607-796-5592.