Food pantries see donations dwindle as demand rises after holidays

Published: Friday, January 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM.

The first few months of the year can be challenging for food pantries because people are getting back to their normal routines and donations tend to be low on their list of priorities.

“I think at Christmastime you have a good heart and you’re thinking of helping other people,” Manley said. “After Christmas, you just get busy with your own life.”

Terry Bridgford, manager of the food pantry at Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, said he tries to make food supplies last longer this time of year.

“This is when it slows down,” he said. “I have to try and stagger things.”

Bridgford said the food pantry is distributing 20 more bags of food a day compared to last year.

The key to surviving the winter and replenishing local pantries is continually making the public aware of the need, Lucas said.

“My suggestion is when you go to the grocery store, just buy one extra can,” she said. “One can makes a difference.”

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