Photo:Erika Blain, 4, joins Birch Bay Food Pantry volunteers Kathy Marshall, Sue Peeples and Shirley Bennett while they inventory the nearly-bare cupboards. Photo by Ann Mulvey
The Birch Bay Food Pantry is seeking food donations after an increasing number of low-income families in the area have put a strain on their supplies.
Volunteers say the organization has served more than 80 local families since it opened its doors in October, 2009, but an increasing number of families struggling to make ends meet has literally emptied the pantry’s shelves.
Director Lynne Chapman said the pantry typically distributes two grocery bags of food weighing 12 to 15 pounds for an average of 25 pounds of food per family per distribution date. So far, these donations have been made possible through the support of area churches and private donations. But since the number of families has increased each month, the pantry is in need of additional food and financial donations.
“I am so thankful to the community, businesses and churches for all of their help and support but in times like these, we need all the help we can get,” she said. “We all need to work together to help Birch Bay families make it through these tough times.”
The Birch Bay Food Pantry is open to Birch Bay families the first and third Monday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
For more information or to donate canned, non-perishable food or money to the Birch Bay Food Pantry contact Chapman at 371-3070.