SNAP outreach specialist supports community at Food Bank of Northwest Indiana

MERRILLVILLE, Indiana (WLS) -- With food insecurity on the rise nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana created a new position to coordinate SNAP benefits outreach and mobile food distribution.

"Hunger and food insecurity are something that I have a direct correlation with," said Krystle Jelks, the food bank's new SNAP outreach specialist. "It's just a really important field, and so I jumped at the chance to be a part."

Jelks, who grew up in Northwest Indiana, was excited to take on a new role and help her home community.

"One of the misconceptions about being on SNAP is that it's this long, drawn-out thing. Really, typical families are only on it for about six months to a year which is the time that they need just. a little help and assistance securing their food resources," Jelks said.

If you're in need of food, you can call 773-247-FOOD or click here to locate a food pantry near you.

You can help Feed the Love by donating to our virtual food drive.

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