Region 8 food pantry running low; asking for public's help

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The reserve supply of public donations is running low at the Blytheville-Gosnell Area Food Pantry.

"Once this is gone we'd be totally out. This will last another 45 days, 30 to 45 days," said board member Dale Ruddick.

Ruddick has worked with the food and clothing ministry for the past 13 years to serve North Mississippi County.

"That goes from Leachville over to Keiser and up to Manila and all of the Blytheville area," he said. "We serve 300 to 450 families, 100 senior citizens. Many of them are homebound."

Over the past year the need for help has outpaced the pantry's resources.

"I think it was Spring 2013 that we began to get an increase in people in need and at the same time our resources began to dwindle."

Now the organization is appealing to the community so it can continue to provide emergency assistance to those who need it.

"We cut down on the amount of cans going into the daily bags to be able to stretch it out as far as we can."

Those who want to donate to the Blytheville-Gosnell Area Food Pantry can participate in the 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carriers' food drive Saturday, May 10.

The NALC food drive is the largest one-day food drive in the United States.

Postal workers will collect non-perishable food left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver the food to community food banks, pantries and shelters.

The Blytheville-Gosnell Area Food Pantry is open Monday 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Tuesday through Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The phone number is (870) 762-9999.

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