Nonprofits in dire need of food

Nov. 18, 2013 @ 04:31 PM

With shelves not holding much more than a few cans of green beans, the season of giving may need to come early for local food pantries.
Major Jim Rickard, corps officer of Salvation Army of Greater High Point, said that the nonprofit’s food pantry is running dangerously low.
“We’ll see about 100 people each week.” Rickard said. “It’s pretty bare. We’ve only got about enough food to last til (Tuesday).”
Rickard said that the empty shelves could be attributed to a combination of reasons.
“A lot of people are out of work, there are cutbacks on food stamps and folks are getting squeezed,” he said. “The food bank we get food from (Second Harvest Food Bank in Winston-Salem), they’re diminished. The whole distribution pipeline is backed up.”
Nonprofits throughout the area are feeling the squeeze as the holiday giving season hasn’t quite geared up yet.
“Typically this time of year, people start doing food drives for us,” said Dell McCormick, executive director of Macedonia Family Resource Center. “We are usually low this time of year but its a little frightening because this year there are more people that need food.”
Rickard said his staff is limiting the amount of food they are giving out to 20 cans until the nonprofit can restock its shelves.
“Where in the helping business, that’s what we do,” he said. “We don’t ever want to turn people away.”
Non-perishables like canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter and soups will be accepted at any food pantry in High Point. Salvation Army is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will accept donations at anytime.
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