Tonawanda News — The Salvation Army’s food pantry, which serves 130 families, will also be able to sustain itself through the summer because of the food drive, Guercio said.
“We are a food drive agency,” she said. “And we do have other food drives throughout the year. But we rely on the generosity of the community through their donations and monetary contributions. There is also an increase in need. I think that’s the case everywhere. Times are tight, families are finding it more difficult to make ends meet financially, while the cost of food is going up along with everything else.”
Shaffer said the Inter-Church pantry is considered an emergency service, with families or individuals who find themselves in a arduous financial positions able to come in once a month and stock up on a three-day supply of food. But it doesn’t last long. Despite, a better-than-average year for the Stamp Out Hunger drive, the need to bring in more still persists.
“We’re always looking for for the items that we turn over the most,” she said. “Cereal, canned pasta, Spaghettios. What kid doesn’t like Spaghettios? Personal care items are always needed as well because our clients cannot use food stamps to purchase them.”Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.