Letter: Hard times for food pantry
I am a student of Holderness School, and I have chosen to complete my community service requirement at the St. John’s-St. Vincent DePaul food pantry. I read the article titled “Every little bit helps; regional program distributes 3 tons of food to 19 groups” (Monitor front page, Aug. 14), and I agree with what the article is saying about supplies being low this summer.
Because the economy is so bad, the number of people receiving help from the pantry has gone up and the amount of donations has gone down.
Donations are always down at this time of year and the demand always goes up, but this year, the workers have said, that supplies are at an all-time low. Although the news states that the economy is picking up and unemployment is low, families are not making enough to donate to charity. The basement of the pantry is usually stocked with boxes of food such as pasta and rice, but over the course of the summer the basement has looked almost empty. Even with the much-needed shipment of food we just received, there are still items on the shelf that we don’t have any more of in the basement. The pantry has recently made stricter guidelines of how much food is given out in order to make the little that is there last as long as it can. Without help from donations of either money or supplies, the food pantry would not be able to successfully feed the families.