To the editor:
It is time for another update on the food pantry and this update is not as encouraging as the ones before.
The crunch of the economy has really impacted us in the last couple of months. Donations of food and monetary donations are down but the clientele has increased. We keep close tabs on these so they are not coming too soon. The price of food has skyrocketed, as we all know, and our bank account is dwindling fast. The month of August alone, we paid over $5,300 dollars to one store and over $200 to another. We have stopped giving milk, eggs and bread, much to our regret.
There have been large donations of bread, buns and pastry items, which we freeze. These have been a Godsend and are appreciated very much. Many have brought in fresh vegetables from their gardens and these we appreciate very much.
Already some have asked about the Christmas boxes and we have told them unless the money comes in, there will be no turkeys. Turkeys last year totaled over $4,000 dollars and at this time we do not have it. We must start thinking and planning for the Christmas boxes in about another month.
I do not mean to sound so gloomy but since you as the community are the ones who support the food pantry, you must know the truth of where it stands. As of right not, we have enough money in our account to buy food for another month.
I know this is a trying time for all and Marilyn Wash and I are trying to be good stewards of everything that comes in.
I know God is going to see us through this rough spot, he has never let us down.
The Bible says if we have a need, we must ask in faith believing and I have done that and will still ask.
Thank you for your contributions and prayers in the past and ask that you will continue.
Harrison County Food Pantry