Archive for Saturday, August 26, 2006

Social service agencies issue call to restock pantries for needy

August 26, 2006


A patron rests his head as he waits for the Friday noon meal at The Salvation Army, 946 N.H. The agency and several others that serve people in need are running low on food supplies and are asking for donations from the community.

A patron rests his head as he waits for the Friday noon meal at The Salvation Army, 946 N.H. The agency and several others that serve people in need are running low on food supplies and are asking for donations from the community.

The cupboards are almost bare at Lawrence's charity food pantries because of dwindling summer donations.

"It happens every summer about this time that we run out of food," said Lt. Wes Dalberg, commander of The Salvation Army, 946 N.H. "Summer is always a slow time because people are busy doing other things."

The Salvation Army recently received an emergency shipment of nonperishable food it ordered from Harvesters Food Network.

"We have people who are coming to us and we're not able to help them, so we needed food from Harvesters just to tide us over," Dalberg said.

Other food pantries are facing similar shortages.

"I've got a little bit of green beans, tuna and macaroni and cheese, and that is it," Penn House coordinator Jolee Erskin said.

"We're always in need," said Paul Hunt, human services director at Ballard Community Center, 708 Elm St. "Especially this coming week, because people are getting to the end of their food stamps."

How to help

Contact these agencies to make food pantry donations: ¢ Ballard Center, 842-0729 ¢ Pelathe Community Resource Center, 841-7202 ¢ Penn House, 842-0440 ¢ Salvation Army, 843-4188

The Pelathe Community Resource Center, 1423 Haskell Ave., also recently received a shipment from Harvesters.

"There are some things we are missing, but we're not completely out," Pelathe program assistant Hubbard Collinsworth said.

Requests for food haven't necessarily increased this year. "We're just short of food," Dalberg said.

At the same time, Dalberg thinks some families may be strapped because of high gasoline prices.

"I'm sure many of our clients are facing a lot of struggles with that," he said. "It's almost like you have to take out a loan to fill up your car."

Christmas is usually when Ballard Center receives a lot of donations, Hunt said.

"By then I'm swimming in it," he said. "Then we have a couple of food drives in the spring and fall, but during the summertime, there just isn't anything there."


Woodduck_5363 11 years, 1 month ago

Come on Lawrence we know that this is our duty to help those that are in need. No one should go hungry cause we have so much. Think of the children and the family that are hurting because they have to tell someone that there is no food today. We have these agencies that are here to help so why aren't we. As a senior citizen I too know the plight. A little time and effort we all can do to take care of our fellow man.

Kelly Powell 11 years, 1 month ago

caveman would kick some of these guys out of the clan for not helping with the hunt.

Godot 11 years, 1 month ago

I think it was last summer that there were volunteers greeting shoppers at Checkers and giving them a list of items that were needed at the shelters. Then there was someone at the exit to accept the food donations. That is a really effective way to remind people that, hey, if I can afford a steak for me, surely I can afford rice and tuna and peanut butter and cereal for someone else.

Confrontation 11 years, 1 month ago

I think the main problem is that so many of us have seen people use the system. Get off your back and stop having kids you can't afford! You can get birth control for FREE at the health department!!! Get a second job like the real contributors in society often have to do.

oldgranny 11 years, 1 month ago

Of course not swbsow. Most posters on ljw have led a very charmed or sheltered life it would appear to me. Hopefully if they ever have a problem that is totally out of their control they will reap just what they have sown.

Bambam73222 11 years, 1 month ago

To hammer_of_the_truth

If you would have used the time you spent writing the polical statement that you did you could have sit down and wrote out a check marked for food and sent it to a local agency to help.

Most people that use the food pantry do have jobs but that 6-7 dollar job doesnt pay for much, there is very little help theses days but what is there is being used to help people that are reallying. or people that are disabled for some reason and need a little extra help and also the elderly who a lot of time go with out food just to buy medicine to stay alive and read comments like yours that makes them feel even worse.

from a disabled lady and volunteer at a local social service agency.

BJ 11 years, 1 month ago

Great programs (honestly) but remember the drunk tank shelter also needs booze. They're out again!

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