Starting today, more than 2 million low-income Illinois residents enrolled in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (or SNAP) will see their benefits permanently cut. The temporary increase in food stamp dollars from the 2009 economic stimulus will expire, according to the Associated Press.
The change will affect more than 47 million Americans. It comes as Congress is negotiating additional cuts to the program. The Agriculture Department says the cuts will mean a family of four will receive $36 less per month.
Cuts to the SNAP program (more commonly referred to as food stamps) will result in increased reliance on local food pantries. Students and staff from T.F. North, South, and Center are stepping in to help provide food for hungry men, women, and children in our area. The Rebel Players, T.F. South’s drama club, held their annual TOTS Food Drive this past week. They received 2,500 pounds of donations that will benefit the Lansing Food Pantry. Through the hard work of Dan Drewno and his wife, Julie, who works at T.F. South, and a host of other volunteers and community organizations, the T.F. South gardens produced 1,500 pounds of produce this past harvest, most of which was donated to the Lansing Food Pantry as well.
T.F. Center’s Virtual Success Academy (VSA) students are hosting their annual food drive with donations supporting the Calumet City Resource Center “People Helping People” Campaign. Donations will be accepted through Nov. 19. For more information about the T.F. Center food drive contact VSA Director Lashawnda DeBose at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope that you will come support our Rebel Players Drama Club as they put on their production of the musical “Footloose.” Performance dates are Nov. 7, 8 and 9. Doors will open at 6 each night and the show will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door of the T.F. South Auditorium, 18500 Burnham Ave., Lansing, and the cost is $8 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens, and $5 for children under age 5.
T.F. South is hosting its eighth-grade Open House at 7 p.m. Monday. Parents and students are welcome to attend this event to get details about the school’s four-year academic plan and learn more about the academic programs, clubs, sports, and other activities that T.F. South has to offer. Contact the main office at (708) 585-2000 to learn more.