“From January to June, we actually experienced a 100 percent increase compared to (same time period) last year. And last year was a record year for us, ”explained JoAnn Rey, Director of Food Pantry at Covenant Life Church in Cary.
He said they serve an average of nearly 400 people each month, a mix of clients who return to visit more frequently and new people.
“It’s really surprising. We’ve been here six years, so we’ve seen a lot of variety, but to see the level of hopelessness now, and people have to make decisions between rent and food and feeding the kids,” Rey said.
Rey shared written testimonials from clients, highlighting the scope of need.
“Thank you for a box of food. I haven’t eaten in 2 days and can’t tell you how much I appreciate this meal,” wrote one client.
“The Food Pantry at Covenant Life Church has become an important source of food and nutrition for my son and the food provided has helped my son maintain his weight because he is sick,” added another client.
Although jobless claims have steadily declined over the past months, Rey noted that they have seen the change in dynamics needed.
“Even though some people who needed it from an early age may have returned to work, but now we have other sectors coming in. And people who never believe they should visit the soup kitchen, ”said Ray.
“Unlike natural disasters where there is some kind of targeted area … this is a crisis that really affects people around the world,” added Jessica Slider Yangard, Director of Communications for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
In August, the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina distributed 14.47 million pounds of food, an increase of 13% from July.
ABC 11 is a couple with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, working together to work together on ABC 11 Together Food Drive.
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