Local pantry asks for donations

Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter

November 20, 2013

A local food pantry is running empty and is sending out an alert asking for the community to can up.

“I’ve never seen shelves this empty. It’s a situation that requires anyone who can donate to drop off items,” said Heather Macy, the executive director of the Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministry.

The organization is a multi-denomination collaboration of local churches who spearhead and assist community residents in crisis.

Hunger is one of them.

“We are going to transition from food in gardens in the later summer to gardens that are not producing food this time of year,” said Macy. “People usually donate during the holidays from Thanksgiving to Christmas. We’re in the in-between time.”

The ministry also is experiencing an influx of new clients.

“People who receive food and nutrition services are the one’s having difficulty. The monies by social services has been delayed due to backlogs,” she said.

The ministry serves 10 zip codes throughout Wilkes, Surry and Yadkin counties.

“To qualify for assistance, we screen to see what type of secondary impact is related to the crisis. It could be a recent layoff, or a health condition. Maybe its a relative who moved in who is sick. Lots of reasons cause families to go into crisis,” said Macy.

The ministry is dependant on donations and has to adjust themselves.

“We are not going to be able to serve clients this year with fuel costs. We’ll be distributing blankets and electric heaters, but fuel costs are so high. Food and heat are a large part of what we do,” she said.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 835-1513 or agonzalez@civitasmedia.com.