The weeks leading up to the holidays can be tough on food pantries – often with more demand than food on the shelves.
Wesley House can use all the help they can get. The Pittsburg Food Pantry gave out supplies 15 thousand times last year – and say 2018 has also been busy.
“He had several bags of groceries and I said ‘do you need a ride’ and he said ‘I could use one if you have the time,’” says Steve Shepherd.
That day Wesley House volunteer Steve Shepherd saw the impact of helping someone through the tight times.
“I’m going to go for a job interview. He said I haven’t worked for like 6 months,” says Shepherd.
Shepherd and other volunteers are getting ready for the holidays – hoping they’ll have enough food to keep up with the need.
“The good thing is our grocers in town always have things on special – vegetables you know because it’s that time of year. and we want to make sure as our families gather, those who are working poor, underemployed and under served they can gather with their families,” says Marcee Binder with Wesley House.
Breakfast donations are a big need right now – everything from cereal to pancake mix and syrup. And basic staples are always welcome, things like spaghetti sauce and pasta.
“Things that we’re all very familiar with, corn, green beans, canned fruits. When you get those more exotic items, sometimes they don’t move as fast,” says Marcee Binder.
And don’t forget maybe the biggest donations: M&M’s. That’s not the candy – but money and meat. They’ll even take game like deer meat – but that must already be processed with processor’s stamp on the packaging.