Food pantries see donations dwindle as demand rises after holidays

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

Lucas said her pantry particularly needs juices and baby food.

“I always have a lot of children,” she added.

Lucas and Manley said many people who seek help at their pantries have come to the area looking for work.

“People are starting slowly to go back to work, but it’s not full-time work,” Lucas said. “It doesn’t cover everything.”

At Sharing and Caring of Niceville, holiday donations are still plentiful, but volunteers say it will dwindle quickly in the coming weeks.

“We are very fortunate,” said Lynn Watson, who has volunteered at the pantry for 10 months. “This is actually a good time for us.”

Volunteers at all of the pantries said they could use staples such as hearty canned soups, cereals, canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, pancake mix and laundry soap.

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