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November 25, 2010

God’s Food Pantry stays busy this time of year

Somerset —  

So you’ve stayed busy to tie up the loose ends for this year’s Thanksgiving meal?
Try doing that for as many as 200 families in the span of just a few days.
Volunteers at God’s Food Pantry, located on South Central Avenue, were busily preparing for another hectic day on Wednesday morning hours before the doors to the non-profit organization were set to open at 11 a.m.
“Right now, we’re keeping pace,” said Debbie Long, the director of the non-profit organization, noting that it may be an entirely different story once Christmas approaches.
Long and nearly 20 volunteers have spent this week distributing baskets of food to needy families — many of which wouldn’t have anything resembling a Thanksgiving meal without the food provided by God’s Food Pantry.
Long said 69 families entered her organization’s doors on Monday, and 72 came through on Tuesday. They expected around 60, if not more, on Wednesday.
“It’s very unpredictable, but I will say, yes, we’ll have as many, if not more,” Long said.
News stories have circled lately that the sagging economy is finally showing early signs of recovery, but that doesn’t mean Pulaski County’s families aren’t still feeling the affects of the recession.
“There’s a lot of working class poor, and there’s a lot of people unemployed who haven’t been here in years who are having to come back for assistance,” Long said. “It makes them very uncomfortable ... they need to know that’s what we’re here for.”
Frozen wages, lack of job opportunities and inflation have combined to make these last few years the hardest in memory for many families, and they’ve had to turn to places like God’s Food Pantry for assistance more than ever before.

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