The Downtown Food Pantry is seeking donations of stuffing to help feed those in need this Thanksgiving.
“We have close to a thousand families a month who get food from us,” said Downtown Food Pantry Executive Director Allan Hubbard. “We have a goal to give out as much stuffing as we can. Folks can pick them up at the local grocery store and drop them off. Anything they bring will go directly into the hands of local hungry families.”
According to Hubbard, the Downtown Food Pantry has served the hungry of Lamar County since 2009, serving 12,260 people last year.
“Our area has one of the highest food insecurity rates in the state at 22.1 percent,” Hubbard said. “This means that almost one in four, or 10,970 people in our community, are struggling to avoid hunger. Food insecurity means they either don’t know where their next meal is coming from, or they won’t eat enough to justify a healthy lifestyle. A lot of parents have mentioned they won’t eat so they can make sure their children have enough.”
The goal this year is to collect at least 2,500 boxes of stuffing to hand out on the 13th, 15th and 20th of November – just in time for Thanksgiving.
Donations can be made at the food pantry Monday-Friday. Those who prefer to make monetary donations can send them to 124 W. Cherry St. or online through downtownfoodpantry.org.