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Demand for help high, pantry stock low at Community Sharing

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 27th, 2012

Community Sharing volunteer Lisa Irizarry stocks items on the shelf at the organization's pantry. High demand for food boxes has depleted the once-plentiful stock in Community Sharing's pantry.

For many, the holiday season is a time to join together to celebrate life’s many blessings. The holidays can also serve, however, to highlight the need experienced on a daily basis by many in Cottage Grove, a need keenly realized at Community Sharing, where demand for assistance in putting food on the table has already led to a severely diminished food pantry.

“We’ve had a huge demand for food boxes,” said Community Sharing Director Mike Fleck. “When I started here a year and a half ago, we averaged between 450 and 500 food boxes distributed to the community. Last month, we gave out 775 boxes, which means many more people seeking food assistance than normal.”

Much of the food Community Sharing distributes locally comes from Food for Lane County, though Fleck said local grocery stores supply dated food items to the organization’s pantry. Church groups also help out when they can, he said, and produce comes in from community members during summer’s plentiful season. Community Sharing also recently purchased a couple thousand dollars’ worth of food at a steep markdown as the Save-a-Lot grocery store closed down.

Fleck said resources were similarly low heading into November last year, though food drives held by organizations such as South Lane School District, South Lane Fire & Rescue, Blockbuster, the Sentinel and Safeway replenished that supply. He expects additional help from such sources this year but adds that it’s rare to see supplies dwindle this much.

For the complete article see the 11-28-2012 issue.

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