Urban Ministries of Durham

Education
11:42 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Snow Days Impact Low-Income Families Even After Storm Is Over

Urban Ministries of Durham's food pantry, which serves community members in need, tends to face extra demand after storms such as last week's.
Credit Reema Khrais / WUNC

Thousands of North Carolina students are back in school after last week’s winter storm. But for many, the effects of the snow aren’t quite over. For low-income families, three to four days off of school can disrupt a tight budget, especially when their children rely on free or reduced lunches. 

Joyce Beavers, 32, takes care of four children who are all under the age of twelve. When she’s not at home, she works as a nurse’s aid making $7.25 an hour. She says she brings in less than $15-thousand dollars a year, and her husband is unemployed.

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