Empty shelves worry food pantry workers

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The food pantry at Greensboro Urban Ministry prides itself on being there for families in need. But now, workers there say they are in one of the biggest food droughts they’ve ever seen.

“Sometimes our shelves are full of stuff,” said volunteer Randall Henderson. “But other times, we’re really looking for help. And that would be one of those times right now.”

The group’s development director, Christine Byrd, says the summer months are always slow for donations, but this year that was coupled with an especially high demand of people needing their services. She estimates that Greensboro Urban Ministry needs around $10,000 in donations to get them through the next few weeks.

“Each day we provide about 75 families with food assistance bags,” Byrd said. “These food assistance bags are so important. Because they mean the difference between having food tonight for their families to eat, or the cupboards being bare.”

Byrd says the pantry serves everyone from the elderly to young families, and that no donation is too small. For only five dollars, Byrd says they can provide a bag of food to a family in need.

“No matter the amount,” she said, “everything helps to ensure that families who may be living next door to you don’t go hungry tonight.”

The Greensboro Urban Ministry accepts either monetary or food donations. For more information, go to greensborourbanministry.org.

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