"If they do cut the food stamp program, the SNAP program, we're going to see our food pantry double or triple," says Rick Burton, who is the Director for Mustard Tree Missions.
"I've already gotten phone calls about when is the next registration."
Founded about 2 1/2 years ago, Burton
says the number of people that the charity provides food has swelled from almost 50 to 600 a month.
"We spend over $2,000 a month to acquire the food to give out, and that's for the 200 something families," says Burton
"If we start getting 400 or 600 families, we're either going to have to raise more funds or give out less food, and that's a giant concern for us!"
says around 80% of the food that's distributed once a month by his
agency goes to feed children who are 15 and under or senior citizens.
says more than 60-percent of the people served are senior citizens.
"People don't understand that there are senior citizens on a fixed income who get very, very little in food stamps; sometimes it's only $16 or $20 in food stamps, and that doesn't go very far at the grocery store.
These food pantries fill a major, major need that really, really shouldn't be in this country," says Burton