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Food need critical for service center

Food need critical for service center

Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to get her families some food, but when she got there, the cupboards were bare, and she didn’t know what to do.

North Kent Service, who helps area families in need of food, knows exactly how Mother Hubbard must have felt. And they are asking area residents for food and cash donations to help fill the cupboards back up.

Sandy Waite, Executive Director at the center, said that request to use the food pantry has dramatically increased over the summer months. “Food request are up 25 percent, and we have given away 336,155 pounds of food to area families,” said Waite. She said that through July, they provided 12,161 families with emergency food.  “With families having children home for the summer months the request for food has increased and our shelves are getting depleted with all the extra food demands.  These families have needed us more than ever this summer.”

With cash donations to the center, they can purchase produce at 6 cents per pound, dairy at 8 cents per pound, and regular groceries at 16 cents per pound.

To find out how you can help, call 866-3478. For info about the center, visit http://www.nksc.net/.

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