INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The Senate Wednesday night approved an extension that wouldprovide funds to more than 80,000 unemployed Hoosiers.
24-Hour News 8 visited Shepard's Cupbard, a northeast side foodpantry to talk with a few of the tens of thousands of Hoosiersdepending so desperately on the benefits.
"We basically go after people that are unemployed and can verifythat by showing us papers that they are drawing unemployment fromthe state of Indiana," Bob McCutcheon of Shepard's Cupboard.
The pantry also helps folks on Social Security or SocialSecurity disability.
Joyce Ward and Maggie Spilker are best friends and a pair ofsingle moms. Both are unemployed and both are living together.Between the two, they have seven children.
"Both of us have had job interviews this week and we're goingcrazy trying to find something," Ward said.
Ward is a former letter carrier with the postal service. Out ofwork for a year, her unemployment benefits have run out, whichmeans no more money to pay the bills.
"Landlords and utilities don't care about whether you haveincome or not, you have to make the bills," Ward added.
Two weeks before Joyce's benefits expired, Spilker's kickedin.
"But now we're raising seven kids and two adults on $257 aweek," Spilker said.
Subtract $200 for rent and that leaves them with $57.
But as long as the House passes the bill as expected onThursday, the Senate vote gives them more checks and more time.
"I need a job one way or another," Ward acknowledged.
24-Hour News 8 also spoke with Debra Brew, a part-time employee.With her husband and son both disabled, the bills are too much.She's been going to the pantry for a year and has seen the linegrow and grow.
"I'm very doubtful the extension it will help. Because that'sonly a temporary reprieve, once that's gone, what will we do then?"Brew wondered.
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