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Catholic Charities working to continue feeding area residents

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 - Catholic Charities' Helping Center in Sallisaw is working to secure food resources after receiving notice that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits would soon be decreasing.

Last week, officials announced that the COVID-era food stamp allotments would be phased out on March 1, 2023. The emergency increase in SNAP benefits started at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting recipients with an additional $95 per month in food benefits.

"This is going to impact our clients tremendously, and we want them to know that we are working very hard to keep a good stock of food in our pantry," Catholic Charities Helping Center manager Pam Wemhaner said.

The helping center has recently formed partnerships with Harps, several area Dollar Generals, and Walmart in Sallisaw to obtain foods that are nearing expiration but are still consumable.

"These goods offer a variety to our selection that the Food Bank cannot," Wemhaner said.

If your business would like to partner with Catholic Charities to help secure food resources for those in Sequoyah County, contact Wemhaner at (918) 775-6111.

"Our organization may not be able to fill every need, but trust that God has His hand in everything we do and where we fall short. We do our very best to alleviate the suffering in our community by showing Christ’s merciful love to all," Wemhaner added

Catholic Charities Helping Center is located at 409 N. Adams St. in Sallisaw.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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