Leaner County Budget Still Has Increases for Some Charities

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jackson County approved it's 2012 budget on Wednesday evening, and while the overall budget less than this year, several charities that rely on county funds to operate will actually be getting more money than before.

The county's 2012 budget - $308.7 million - is down $15 million from 2011. But county executive Mike Sanders says that there is still "lots of good stuff" in the budget for some charitable organizations.

For example, in 2011 Harvesters Food Bank received $40,000 from the county - in 2012 that amount increases to $60,000.

Officials with Harvesters say that the need for its services in Jackson County is the highest that it's ever been. They estimate that one in eight adults, and 25 percent of children, across the county can't be sure where their next meals are coming from.

"Across Harvesters network of non-profit agencies, more than 80 percent are saying they see an increase in the number of people coming to them for assistance," said Harvesters director of Communication Ellen Feldhausen.

Other agencies did not receive increases, however. Children's Mercy Hospital asked the county for $900,000 but only recieved half that amount in the final budget.

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