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The Loaves and Fishes food kitchen says they still serve nearly double the usual number of people.

CHARLOTTE, NC – For some people, life has returned to normal but there are still many people in need.

The Loaves and Fishes food kitchen says they still serve nearly double the usual number of people.

The Loaves and Fishes warehouse is in the process of having new fridges to handle all the extra food they need to feed families in our community, but one thing they really need is volunteering.

“You know, I don’t think people realize we’re still seeing drastic numbers of people,” said Tina Postel, executive director of Loaves and Fishes.

Postel says life isn’t returning to normal for everyone.

“For families living in hardship and struggling or still without jobs, they don’t have enough food to eat,” said Postel.

Postel said nearly 2,000 people came to eat each week, and they were able to meet the demand for food, but they needed people to help distribute it.

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“If we’re going to continue serving 2000 people, we need box packers here every morning and evening,” said Postel.

Postel said they have also started delivering food boxes to people who cannot leave their homes and also need more drivers to accommodate them.

“I was dumbfounded when I started looking at the numbers,” said Shelbra Booth, the kitchen coordinator.

Booth said he had volunteered with the organization for years and said it was never like this.

“I mean, it’s heartbreaking,” Booth said.

Booth said stories he heard from people in the food line revealed how much he needed him.

“Yesterday I saw this woman, she lowered the window and she looked at me and she said, ‘thank you. I have breast cancer and I don’t think I will survive this pandemic, “Booth said.

Booth said the moment took him by surprise. He said for people who are still facing a pandemic struggle that no one else can imagine, the least we can do is lend a hand.

“Each of us has a responsibility for our brothers and sisters,” Booth said. “We have forgotten that as a people. We need to learn once again how to take care of each other, and that starts with something as simple as making sure everyone can eat. “

Postel said along with volunteers, they were also looking for food donations. The most popular item today is canned noodle food, similar to SpaghettiO that kids can open and make themselves at home.

To learn more about volunteering with Loaves and Fishes, click here. For food donations, click here.

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