The summer months are taking a toll on some local food pantries, including the Jacksonville Area Community Food Center.
Our reporting partners at WICS ABC Newschannel 20 talked to officials there who say with no school breakfast and lunches to rely on, low-income families are having to find ways to supplement those meals for kids. The Jacksonville pantry says it’s providing more food to families for that reason.
This is leading to bare shelves in the pantry. Although the donations remain about the same, the summer months are causing a drain on food supplies, according to administrator Judy Peacock.
“The summertime donations always fall off, I mean, that’s a normal thing,” says Peacock. “And we’re also extra busy, the kids are out of school so they gotta prepare two extra meals, the families do, and the economy is getting better. It’s not that great.”
Those who would like to donate items can take them to the center at 316 East State Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. People can also donate money.