An organization dedicated to helping people in our community is now reaching out, needing some help of its own. The shelves in the Salvation Army's food pantry are nearly empty.
Lead Case Worker Shae Wells said the pantry's shelves were so bare a few weeks ago, the non-profit looked at closing the pantry.
"I have been here for about ten years. I have never seen this before," said Wells.
A few cans of veggies and fresh bread that spoils quickly sit on the shelves Thursday afternoon. Wells said what's there won't last more than a day or two. They're serving more families than in recent years.
"For the last couple of months, we've been seeing 20, 25 families per day," said Wells. "In the morning, we normally makes about 20 bags, and in the afternoon, we have to make about another ten just to feed, help the families."
The food pantry is essentially living day-by-day. They're serving everyone who needs a bag of food but wondering if they'll have enough for the rest of the week.
"We've been having people come in and bring us boxes, just a box of food, and that's been helping us," said Wells. "We got just enough to kind of make some bags for tomorrow."
The Salvation Army excepts nearly type of food. Boxes and bags of pasta and rice are ideal, because those items help fill families up. They cannot except expired items or food in glass containers.
"If somebody is hungry, you want to feed them so that's why it's so important for us to get these donations so we can do what we have set out to do."
If you would like to donate items, you can do so Monday through Friday at the Salvation Army Office at 1824 West 15th Street in Panama City.
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