CRESTVIEW — Sharing and Caring volunteers need non-perishable foods to last beyond the winter holidays, organizers said.


CRESTVIEW — Sharing and Caring volunteers need non-perishable foods to last beyond the winter holidays, organizers said.



"We are holding our own right now," said Robin Marston, vice president of local food pantry. "Unfortunately, donations usually begin to fall after the holidays, and we are already low."



  Volunteers said they appreciate local organizations, churches, schools and Cub Scout Troop 799 for donating large amounts of canned food items.



However, nearly 40 residents daily come to receive food items, and it's difficult to meet the demand, Marston said.



That's because the number of donations has dipped since the country's economic downturn, volunteers said.



Yet one thing is certain: "There are a lot of hungry people in our city," volunteer Doris Mauldin said.



WANT TO HELP?



Sharing and Caring needs these items:



•Rice



•Dried beans



•Canned vegetables, fruit, beans, tomatoes and soup



•Crackers



•Tuna



•Cereal



•Peanut butter and jelly



•Spam, hotdogs and hamburger meat



•Powdered milk



•Pasta and spaghetti sauce



•Dinner items including macaroni and cheese mix, stews, chili and ravioli



Sharing and Caring is closed through Jan. 6 for the holidays, but regular hours are 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday at 208 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Crestview. Call 682-1907 for more details.



Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or matthewb@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.