Macon County Ministries’ Emergency Food Pantry has been hard hit this summer, setting new records in June and July.
The average number of families coming in for food assistance per month was 40 in 2011. The EFP served 47 families in June, 48 in July and is well on their way to setting a higher record in August.
“High utility bills caused by the extreme summer heat, feeding the kids three times a day in the summer, and getting them ready to go back to school has caused many in Macon County to ask for help,” Linda Truitt, Emergency Food Pantry coordinator, said. “The emergency food pantry is totally donor driven, so supplies are very low at this time.”
The amount of food given depends on family size and the availability of donated or purchased food. The cost for helping one family is about $125, so a family is only allowed to come four times per calendar year, unlike the monthly food pantry where they can come every month but have to meet federal poverty guidelines.
“Right now the Emergency Food Pantry is almost out of hamburger,” Truitt said. “In the past we have had several Macon County farmers who have donated a beef. They haul the cow to Special D and Macon County Ministries pays the processing fee to have it all ground into hamburger and packaged in one-pound bags.”
If anyone would like to donate a beef or donate money to buy hamburger, you may contact Linda Truitt. Two hogs were recently donated.