Food pantries running low on food, how you can help

Food pantries running low on food, how you can help

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:

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