Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014
Food Pantries Hope Holiday Donations Last
WILLIAMSON COUNTY -- A surge of holiday donations has Williamson County food banks in good shape to start the new year.
"We ended up with 13,000 canned goods in a month," said Lorri Clendenin, food manager at Carterville Community United Pantry. "The end of October and the whole month of November is when we get the majority of our donations."
Right now her shelves are full, but she says that will soon change.
"The rest of the time, we hardly get any food donations," explained Clendenin.
Clendenin says food donations start to dwindle after Christmas. It's a reality she can't explain.
"I have no clue," said Clendenin. "I wish they would keep giving all the time, but it probably gets hard for everybody else too."
The Ministerial Alliance in Marion is dealing with the same problem, along with an increase in needy families.
"I would say the demand in our food pantry has gone up somewhere between the neighborhood of 25 to 30 percent," said JR Russell, director of the Marion Ministerial Alliance. "That has occurred over the last six months, so that is a trend as far as i'm concerned. I don't see that changing any time soon."
The food pantry has several thousand holiday canned good items leftover. However, those supplies are unlikely to last through February.
"A lot more need out there," said Russell. "A lot of faces that we have never seen before."
He says perishable items like bread are typically the first items to run out.
"We appreciate our community for supporting us during the holiday season and making their donations, but we want to remind them that hunger never takes a holiday and it continues and goes on," explained Russell.
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