The Huntington Area Food Bank helps stock the shelves of more than 290 pantries in 17 counties in three states. To put that in perspective, that's helping to feed 85,000 people each month.
One of the pantries it serves is found in the basement of Trinity Episcopal Church in Huntington. Bob Shaw's been helping out there for the last six years. Mr. Shaw says, "We're down a little bit on the low side. Our contributions haven't been as much as they have been in times past. We're getting less and less protein, meats, etc, from the food bank."
Brooke Ash is the agency relations coordinator at the Huntington Area Food Bank. She says donations this year are down by more than 600 thousand pounds. Now the agency is tapping into grant money to shop for food, instead of relying, totally, on donations.
Ash says, " "We're going to use this money to purchase foods at wholesales at a lesser cost and get those high protein foods in our pantries."
One way people can help is to sponsor a "meat" or "protein" food drive.
That food, once it's taken to the Huntington Area Food bank will be distributed to pantries in need.
For more information, contact HAFB at 304-523-6029