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Food Pantry helps those in need

PULASKI — With the high cost of gas, comes the high cost of other goods, including the one thing we cannot do without: food.
The Food Pantry, located at the New River Community Action area office in Pulaski, has seen a lot of activity during the past few months, according to NRCA officials.
The food requests are usually the highest during the last week of each month due to the fact food stamp allotments are issued the first day of each month.
NRCA area director Janet Johnson noted that the allotments still are the same as last year, but the cost of food has increased as much as seven to nine percent for some food items, causing a real hardship on families.
The Food Pantry has seen its share of hardship as well. There were a few days during the month of June when there was not enough food to make a complete food order, NRCA officials say.
However, a call to First Christian Church gave the pantry a bountiful supply of food as canned vegetables, box cereal, saltine crackers, peanut butter, tuna and soups quickly filled the shelves.
But the bounty will not last long. With schools closed for the summer break, demand is high, officials say.
During the month of June, 204 individuals were assisted with food. Those using the Food Pantry may only receive food once each month.
Johnson said other churches and groups which would like to assist those who are trying hard to feed themselves and families during this difficult time, may call her at 980-5525 or email jjohnson@nrcca.org.

Food Pantry helps those in need

PULASKI — With the high cost of gas, comes the high cost of other goods, including the one thing we cannot do without: food.
The Food Pantry, located at the New River Community Action area office in Pulaski, has seen a lot of activity during the past few months, according to NRCA officials.
The food requests are usually the highest during the last week of each month due to the fact food stamp allotments are issued the first day of each month.
NRCA area director Janet Johnson noted that the allotments still are the same as last year, but the cost of food has increased as much as seven to nine percent for some food items, causing a real hardship on families.
The Food Pantry has seen its share of hardship as well. There were a few days during the month of June when there was not enough food to make a complete food order, NRCA officials say.
However, a call to First Christian Church gave the pantry a bountiful supply of food as canned vegetables, box cereal, saltine crackers, peanut butter, tuna and soups quickly filled the shelves.
But the bounty will not last long. With schools closed for the summer break, demand is high, officials say.
During the month of June, 204 individuals were assisted with food. Those using the Food Pantry may only receive food once each month.
Johnson said other churches and groups which would like to assist those who are trying hard to feed themselves and families during this difficult time, may call her at 980-5525 or email jjohnson@nrcca.org.