Rodneya Ross

United Way 211 Monthly Report

by Rodneya Ross on May 16, 2018 at 5:29 pm

ZANESVILLE, Ohio- The United Way of Muskingum, Perry, and Morgan Counties is releasing the April Monthly Report for their 211 information line.

Residents of the three counties can call the 211 line to receive information on different resources such as food assistance, housing, and mental health. Last month, the line received 702 calls.

“This month, like most of the year, food is the number one call. And that’s true most of the year in our counties,” said Becky Clawson the Community Impact Director. “And so, part of the reason for that is that the 211 information line zones all of our Muskingum County Hunger Network food pantries. So if you’re in need of a food pantry you would have to go through the 211 information line.”

Clawson said there are now a lot of calls for electric assistance due to the warmer weather. Another trend the organization is noticing is the amount of calls from teens seeking help.

“This month looking at the numbers we’ve had actually nine teenagers between the age of 13 and 17 called the 211 information line,” Clawson said. “And that seems like a low number but to us that means nine area teens got in touch with a resource that they needed.”

As we head into summer, Clawson expects the need for food to continue to increase.

“The time of year when we’re looking at the end of the school year, the kids are counting down the days, but what that really means is there may be several families in our area who need a food resource for the summer because they’re not getting that school lunch and breakfast. And actually 211 can give you the information for summer lunch programs in your area,” Clawson said.

If you are in need of assistance, you can call 211 or text your zip code to 898211. The information line is available 24/7.