Food pantries on First Coast serve need that's growing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- While the recession has technically ended for some time, suppliers of food pantries say you would never know based on the demand for food.

Feeding Northeast Florida is a major supplier to food pantries getting donated food into the homes of needy families.

"You have well educated, well intentioned people, career people whose lives have changed," observed Bruce Granger who heads up Feeding Northeast Florida that started up operations this past June.

A survey of people who use food pantries shows that 14 percent said they had no income with another 38 percent reporting they pay all of their household bills on less than $10,000 a year.

Jim Dotson is on the front line as a volunteer at St. Matthew's Lutheran in Arlington where pantry doors are opened twice a month.

"Last month I just did the figures there were 451 children in the families we served in August. That's sad," said Dotson as he was picking up food to restock the pantry.

Nationwide it is estimated than one in seven Americans depend on donated food or meals provided free of charge.

National Hunger Action Day is set for next Thursday with September designated as National Hunger Action Month.


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