CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – This week, the cabinets had been well-stocked on the Meals Pantry of Inexperienced Cove Springs. However as its director, Wynema Lovell explains, it may be hit and miss as of late.
“Final week, or the week earlier than, it was unhappy in right here, it was so empty,” Lovell stated. “So, it’s feast or famine on this job.”
Lovell is the pantry’s director and says thus far this 12 months, the pantry has helped 1,157 households. For all of 2021, the pantry helped 699. The pantry helps households all through Clay County, together with Fleming Island, Inexperienced Cove Springs, Penney Farms, and Orange Park.
Lovell says donations have additionally dropped, and the cash that’s donated isn’t going so far as it used to on the grocery retailer. Lovell says she was floored at how a lot was spent on the current procuring journey.
“The final time they went, it was $10,000,” Lovell stated. “I don’t know the way a lot that may’ve been previously, however I don’t suppose it could’ve been that a lot.”
Lovell says earlier than the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pantry was serving its purchasers 4 occasions a 12 months. With the neighborhood’s beneficiant donations, it started serving purchasers month-to-month. Lovell says her greatest concern is that if issues don’t get higher, the pantry could should cut back these month-to-month meals occasions. Jean Cosby is assistant director and says donations are badly wanted.
“We’d like a lot meals that we’re reaching out to anybody and all people,” Cosby stated. “Financial donations in addition to the meals.”
No matter what occurs, the crew is staying optimistic.
“I at all times say, God has at all times seemed out for the meals pantry, and He’ll proceed,” Lovell stated. “And we are going to survive, and we is not going to have to show anybody away.”
Each donation can assist. Canned items are at all times welcome, in addition to pasta and different objects. The pantry additionally accepts cash. For extra data on how one can assist, click on right here.
The pantry’s Fb web page can also be a priceless useful resource to study extra.
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