The usual length of time for unemployment benefits is 26 weeks. After that, an extension could be granted. But Congress recently voted against that extension. And the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB) says people will now count on them even more for basic necessities.
"Unemployment is a huge factor that drives people to use food banks in our service area," notes Susan Weisgerber of the BRAFB, "Now with the lack of extension past the 26 weeks there's going to be even more people who need us."
The demand for Food Bank assistance has been exceedingly high this year. Donations are way down. The Food Bank is desperate for community donations.