Information Regarding the Federal Government Shutdown and Food and Nutrition Benefits February Issuance and Helpful Resources

Many of the clients that we serve receive SNAP/food stamp benefits. The Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services has announced that SNAP recipients will receive their February allocations early, in late January, but then there are no plans for further funds until federal funds are authorized. Loaves & Fishes is prepared to help with any and all referrals for food that we receive and we are anticipating an increased demand due to these hardships.

Listed below are several helpful resources The Dept. of Social Services has provided for those who struggle with food insecurity:

Some local resource information:

Where Kids Eat Free in Charlotte: Here are family friendly restaurants where Kids Eat Free in Charlotte or for $.99 promotions, divided up by days of the week… http://charlotte.about.com/od/diningnightlife/a/kids_eat_free.htm

https://www.commonwealthcharlotte.org/  (budgeting, financial wellness, and resource info)

Client Resources https://www.commonwealthcharlotte.org/useful-links/

Common Wealth Charlotte has developed two resource guides for the benefit of our clients:
Bargain Hunters’ Resource Guide

Community Resource Guide

https://communitylinknc.org/financial/ – free tax preparation and filing through 4/15/19

http://www.cpcc.edu/financial_aid/fyi/financial-literacy (some good worksheets and tips)

https://www.charlotteonthecheap.com/freethingstodo

https://www.charlottesgotalot.com/articles/…/free-and-cheap-things-to-do-in-charlotte 

Couponing Tips 101

Make It Happen Job and Resource Fair January 22, 2019

Some strong resources are also available on the USDA site: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/nutrition-education/nutrition-education-materials/meal-planning-shopping-and-budgeting