Smaller Food Pantries Needing Support

COVID 19, along with the looming winter months, have taken a toll on smaller food pantries. And the need for food in the tri-state is at an all time high. But even when their supplies run low, the Newburgh Area Food pantry doesn’t let it stop them from making sure those in need get help

Posted: Oct 16, 2020 5:24 PM

"Families need to be fed -- no matter what is going on in our community or our country -- the basic need is food,” said Su Cagle, a volunteer at the Newburgh Area Food Pantry.

The numbers of those needing food help has not lowered since the March shut down -- and smaller food pantries are struggling with the demand.

"People are behind on their rent,” said Linda Gray, co-executive director of the Newburgh Area Food Pantry. “People are having difficulty determining where their money is going to go. So food is an easy item to say, 'Oh we'll pay for the rent and not the food.'"

And when their supply runs low — the Newburgh Area Food pantry doesn’t let it stop them from making sure those in need get help.

“We definitely have a problem getting our supplies." But if we find a roadblock here, we find another place to go," Gray said. "If we have to go to Evansville, we will go wherever to do that. And we try to forecast ahead. Like right now we are getting ready for Thanksgiving. So all of our clients will get a turkey and extra things and everything you need for a Thanksgiving meal -- they will get."

And for anyone who is now needing meal assistance for the first time, there is no judgement.

"I think there's more people in our community that need help,” Gray said. “And it's certainly not going to reflect anything negative on them because we want everyone to have the basic needs."

The Newburgh Area Food Pantry is open from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and always welcomes food and monetary donations from the community.

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