Jefferson City Food Pantry Running Low On Supplies
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City's largest food pantry has seen a record low amount of donations these last few months. The current food supply is currently not enough to meet the day-to-day requirements of needy residents.
The Samaritan Center is a complete resource for those in need, offering not only food and clothes but also dental and legal care in addition to a community center with Internet access. Food and clothes donations are down 7%.
"Eight percent may not seem like a lot," said Ben DeFeo, operations director. "But with the increases we get month-to-month, any regression is a bad thing."
The Samaritan Center opened in 1997, and by 2003 was already serving 800 families a month. Now the center serves around 1400 families a month, and the numbers of those in need appear to be only rising.
Despite the shortage, DeFeo says the center will do all it can to keep assisting those who need day-to-day help.
"This place is a God-send," said Quincie Hickmon, a Jefferson City resident. "This place is amazing for the community, but greatly helps single mothers like me."
Halloween costumes that are normally expected to last up to the holiday are expected to be all taken within a few days.
Food, clothes, and all Samaritan Center amenities are still available for daily public taking.