CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Food pantries are running very low on food right now, but if you stocked up on food for the hurricanes and have extra left over, you can help.
A new report from the United States Department of Agriculture ranks North Carolina as the 11th hungriest state in the country.
South Carolina is ranked 23rd.
Food insecurity is defined as families not having access to adequate food due to a lack of money and other resources.
This fall, there is a new problem for hungry families.
Food pantries are running low on food.
“Right now as you can see it’s looking pretty bare,” said Sue Bruce, Communications Manager for Loaves and Fishes food pantry.
Summer is the busiest season for food pantries because children are out of school which means there are more mouths to feed for each meal.
Last year, Loaves and Fishes alone fed 76,000 people.
That's enough to fill Bank of America stadium, and half of the recipients were children.
With the school cancellations from hurricanes Florence and Michael, families have had an increased food burden.
"Hurricane days when school was called off families can't go to work and get their hourly wage paid if they had to stay home with children who were out of school," said Bruce.
Food was so low at their warehouse that Loaves and Fishes had to go to Harris Teeter to buy pallets of food so they didn't have to turn away hungry families.
“Those 12 pallets cost us between $15-20,000” said Bruce.
But if you stocked up on food in preparation for the hurricanes and didn’t use them, those extra items could be a huge help to pantries.
If you want to donate, there are many different food pantries in the area. You can call Loaves and Fishes, one of the food pantries in the area, for more information at 704-523-4333.
Here are several you can visit and their hours of operations:
- Ada Jenkins Center - 212 Gamble St, Davidson, NC 28036, United States - Mon-Thurs 12:30-3:30, Sat 9:30-12:30.
- Camino - 201 Stetson Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262, United States - Tues 4:00-6:00, Fri 10:00-1:00.
- Eastern Hills Baptist Church - 4855 Albemarle Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205, United States - Thurs. 1:00-4:00, Sat 9:00-Noon.
- Calvary United Methodist Church - 512 West Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203, United States - Tues 10:00-1:00.
- Galilee Ministries - 3601 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, United States - Mon-Thurs 10:00-1:00.
- First Presbyterian Church - 200 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202, United States - Wed-Fri 1:00-4:00, Sat 9:00-Noon.
- Harrison United Methodist Church - 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville, NC 28134, United States - Tues, Thurs 10:00-1:00, Sat 9:00-Noon.
- Holy Comforter Episcopal Church - 2701 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209, United States - Mon-Fri 10:00-1:00.
- Huntersville United Methodist Church - 14005 Stumptown Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078, United States - Mon-Thurs 10:00-Noon.
- Hope Covenant House - 500 Ingle Street, Charlotte, NC, 28216 United States - Tues, Fri 3:00-7:00, Sat 10:00-2:00.
- Nations Ford Community Church - 5901 Nations Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28217, United States - Wed 6:00-8:00, Thurs 10:00-Noon, Sat 10:00-Noon third Saturdays only.
- Mt. Carmel Pantry (located at Jackson Park Ministries) - 5415 Airport Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208, United States - Mon, Wed 10:00-4:00, Tues 10:00-1:00.
- New Emmanuel Congregational United Church of Christ - 3546 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216, United States - Wed 3:00-7:00, Sat 9:00-Noon.
- St. Giles Presbyterian Church - 2027 Emerywood Dr, Charlotte, NC 28210, United States Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00-4:00.
- Statesville Ave. Presbyterian Church - 3435 Nevin Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269, United States Mon-Thurs 10:00-1:00.