ENGLEWOOD, FL - Despite improvements in the economy many pantries are still struggling to keep food on the table of local families. Monday at Englewood Helping Hand many of the shelves are bare. Volunteers stacking up what's coming in. They say the amount of people they're helping is staying about the same. The small pantry feeding around 13,000 local residents a year.
The big problem they say is giving is way down. Now receiving only about half of the donations they were receiving in 2009. Other Englewood area pantries who do similar work like David's Episcopal and St. Francis Catholic church dealing with similar situations as they all try to figure out why. "I don't know. Maybe people just have less to give. Englewood is very seasonal. The summer is rough for people. There is not as much work," says Helping Hand Administrator Aimee Kirvin.
Englewood Helping Hand also offers assistance for things like electric and water bills. If you would like to help donate food or money they're open Monday through Thursday off Dearborn street in Englewood.
Link here to Englewood Helping Hand.
We will have much more on this story coming up this evening on ABC 7.