(Atlantic) The number of people receiving food from food pantries is on the rise
Ermah Lang and Shara Cooper report the Atlantic Food Pantry met the needs of 22 families last week. Cooper and Lang say it wasn't long ago that they considered 12-15 people to be a big day, but now it's consistently 18-20 families. Lang doesn't see that number going down anytime soon.
"I have no idea what the future is but I can't see that we are going to have less and less."
Cooper says supply is good right now. The pantry recently received a large donation from the Atlantic Police Reserves and also received money from the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.
"I know the one in Omaha is begging for donations and we have never had to do that. People are so good in Cass County and surrounding towns and we have never had to ask for food and they bring it in."
In addition to those donations, the Atlantic food pantry has recently joined Feeding America which will help immensely.
"Feeding America is affiliated with Wal-Mart and we have joined Feeding America. We can now get items from Wal-Mart, they will give us whatever they would normally throw away, things that are about to go out of date, but any meet we get we put it immediately in the freezer so it's still good to use."
While the pantry is well stocked right now, Cooper and Lang says they are always in need of paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo and detergent because those items can't be purchased food stamps. The Atlantic Food Pantry is open each Thursday afternoon.