Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County’s food bank is seeing a drastic decrease in their donations.
“Were basically short of everything right now, canned goods, dry goods, soups, mac and cheese,” said Associated Churches Director, Pastor Fred Meuter.
Associated Churches’ food pantry is supported by 28 churches around the community. It’s an emergency food bank, so it provides food to families once a month and free of charge. However, it’s getting harder for the organization to provide food for the nearly 100,000 people they serve a year. Officials said it’s the largest shortage they’ve seen in years, and there could be a multitude of reasons why the stock is so low.
“I think a lot of it has to do with the weather, church services being cancelled for a couple weeks, and I think we’re seeing a high number of utility bills, electric bills that people have to pay their own bills before they can donate,” said Steve Staley, Associated Churches Director of Development.
Staff said they know times are tough, but they’re urging people to give whatever they can.
“When you’re out buying snacks for your super bowl party, think of the people who are in need,” Staley said.
For more information on how you can donate to the organization, visit http://www.associatedchurches.org or call Associated Churches at (260) 422-3528.