PITTSBURG, KS.--- The Wesley House in Pittsburg does a lot to reach out to the community. One of their largest efforts is providing food assistance to families in this area. Their food pantry depends on donations from the community.
"Well, food has been flying off our shelves. We've had an increase in numbers of people asking for food and so our shelves were full not too long ago, but they're beginning to look kind of skimpy right now," said Ellie Foster, Wesley House Director.
Once a month, families can come to the Wesley House and get enough food to last them for two or three days.
"People have been stretching their food dollars and their money, and they've just reached the limit," said Foster.
Six weeks ago, the shelves were stacked to the ceiling with food. Now, only a few food items are left on the shelves.
"We've given out a lot of food and these shelves are empty, and the others around the room will become empty soon," said Foster.
Wesley House Director Ellie Foster says she's seen the program grow a lot in the eight years she's been there. At the same time, she's also seen the number of families in need grow.
"I think the elected officials and all the news reports say the economy is improving, and in some place it is, but that has not filtered down to reality for many of the people we see here in Crawford County," said Foster.
Families tend to be more in need during the winter months, the director says they anticipate helping 900 families this season. KSN/KODE has boxes placed around the Four States including both Wal-Marts in Joplin, Food 4 Less and Ron's Supermarket.
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