Food pantries struggle in summer
As summer begins, Newton County food pantries are struggling to keep shelves full to provide for families in need.
Along with the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter, food banks including the Community Food Pantry and the Salvation Army are in need of such basics as canned meats, boxed lunches with meat, canned pastas, juices and cereals.
"Many of these food banks, like the Atlanta Food Bank, have no food," said Clara Lett, shelter director for the Garden of Gethsemane. "Willing Helpers, the Community Food Pantry, all of the pantries-we all help each other out. But it's been a real struggle."
Many pantries are barely able to keep up with the demand, with donations arriving just as supplies run out.
The Community Food Pantry was nearly out of food until they received a load of supplies on Monday from "Stamp Out Hunger," a food drive organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Director Rosalee Thompson expects the new load of food to last only a month. The food pantry serves 25 to 31 families a day, and also helps out individuals.
"The public is noticing that more needs to be done and they've become more receptive to us," said Thompson. "It's amazing how the community comes together when they know help is needed."
Community Food Pantry has also received help from Curves fitness club, Dollar General, Kroger and several other businesses in the county.
The Covington Salvation Army, who has found that the demand for food rises sharply during the summer, is in need of donations of non-perishables, toiletries and large size (three and up) diapers. ... The shelter nearly ran out of food due to the recent storms tapping into the surrounding shelters' resources.
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