Food supplies are running low at some emergency shelters and food banks in Central Florida
More shelters and food banks need help to feed those in need. This causes some of their grocery shelves to look empty.
Conservatory, Fla. – More shelters and food banks need help to feed those in need. This causes some of their grocery shelves to look empty. The outreach center at Matthews Hope Ministries is struggling.
“It sucks. It’s so hard to help when they ask for something,” said Andrea Pumar, a Matthews Hope volunteer.
CEO Scott Billeau said: “It’s really going to get worse – just day by day and for us. are away.”
Billu said they saw a 30% increase as more families were needed due to rising fuel costs and delays in receiving food stamps. Many don’t even have a place to cook food.
“We buy primarily prepared, non-perishable groceries in pop-top single-serving sizes.”
Second Harvest Food Bank’s Greg Higerson said they had plenty of donations but pointed out the demand was just too great.
“About one in seven people in Florida needs help with eating,” he said.
At Second Harvest Food Bank, they have 500 vendors in six counties that need more food.
“People find themselves at this difficult point between deciding what to rent and things like filling up the car. Or go to work and pay for the food,” he said.
Some of those in need had to endure the embarrassment of going in front of the camera. A volunteer told us, “I have a guy here who is having a hard time. I give him a lot of meat, canned food. So the second harvest helps us a lot.”
Billu said he doesn’t get any food from Second Harvest, but he hopes the public will help his aid center.
“You just nod your head and wonder what to do next. So we are grateful to anyone who can help us.”
For more information on Matthew Hope Ministries, visit their website.