Area food pantries see increase in need

PARMA HEIGHTS,Ohio - It is a problem in cities, suburbs, and in nearly every community in our area - hunger.

The shelves are partially bare at the Parma Heights Food Pantry.

"Every week, we've been registering 10 to 15 new families," said Director Ann George.

George started the food pantry seven years ago. Food is going out faster than ever before and George said those who are asking for help has changed too.

"Families with young children. It breaks my heart when kids come in and say, oh look they have peanut butter, or tuna fish. They should be excited about a toy or a book but not food," added George.

The Catholic Works of Mercy Food Pantry at Saint Ambrose in Brunswick has quadrupled in size in the last two years. Organizers expect the need to get only worse because of cuts in food stamps.

"Come January, the laws will change, food pantries, not just ours but those across the country will be stretched to serious limits," said Jeff Trush, Director of Catholic Works of Mercy Food Pantry at Saint Ambrose in Brunswick.

At the Parma Heights Food Pantry, things seem to be going from bad to worse. More people, less food on shelves and now a problem with the donated truck they depend on.

"We take it down to the food bank and every week we come back with 1,400 pounds of food. Two weeks ago, the truck just died," said George. Now they must find the money to fix the truck.

The Catholic Works of Mercy Food Pantry at Saint Ambrose is trying to feed 6,000 people this Thanksgiving.

If you would like to help the Parma Heights Food Pantry, call 440-842-6491 or The Catholic Works of Mercy Food Pantry at Saint Ambrose call 330-460-7300

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