Greensboro food pantries expecting bare shelves

The Associated Press

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GREENSBORO — Food pantries in the Greensboro area expect their supplies to run out after more than 100,000 went without power in Guilford County because of a winter storm.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports (http://bit.ly/1cRC6ek) Greensboro Urban Ministry and the Blessed Table Food Pantry are encouraging area residents to donate to their shelters.

Christine Byrd, director of development and communication for Greensboro Urban Ministry, said she anticipates an increase in the number of clients seeking food and rent assistance.

“People (without power) had to do something over the weekend. And we weren’t open over the weekend. So they used their financial resources,” she said.

Byrd said that may hurt them later this month when they need that money for bills.

People on food assistance receive a three-day supply of food for their families, Byrd said. Families get canned goods, including meat, beans, corn, tomatoes, soup and fruit; powdered milk, peanut butter and macaroni and cheese. Dry items, like rice, oatmeal and crackers are also given. It’s supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables as it’s available.

Blessed Table Food Pantry also anticipates a bigger demand. Volunteer Steve Coble said he expects the pantry will be even busier because people will have eaten most of their canned goods at home due to the loss of power from the ice storm.

Although food donations are valuable, Coble said Blessed Table Food Pantry can do more with money because it can buy more food in bulk with it.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC provides 25 tons of food a week to 400 partner agencies, said spokeswoman Jenny Moore. Although none of its partner agencies have requested more food yet, Moore hasn’t ruled it out. She said frequently where there’s an extended power outage there is a spike in demand for food at food banks.