Despite an economy that is slowly recovering, the need for assistance from organizations such as food pantries remains essential.
In fact, we are entering a season when family finances are taxed even further. Dropping temperatures, rising utility costs and breaks from school all can strain the budgets of families who have trouble making ends meet. In turn, this combination of factors stretches the already thin resources of local social service agencies.
Food pantry programs regularly report they are short of donated foodstuffs, and they have to use more of their cash on hand to buy food to distribute.