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Abilene Food Pantry Sees More Families and Less Funds

ABILENE, TX-Food pantries across Abilene are seeing an increase in people who need their help, but for one location, they're also seeing a drop in funds.
ABILENE, TX-Food pantries across Abilene are seeing an increase in people who need their help, but for one location, they're also seeing a drop in funds.

According to the organizer of Bethel United Methodist Church, funds from last month decreased more than half of what they're used to. Money is gathered from donations, churches, and several grants.

Organizer Jean Butler has been the organizer for nearly a decade and she says that her location is usually busy because they operate at night. The food pantry normally provides financial assistance to elders, but Butler says they've already used enough money and saved the rest for food.

"Majority of our clients are families needing extra help to get by," Butler said.

The food pantry saw an average of six-thousand families last year, and they've already surpassed that amount this year.

Buter believes the increase in families is due to the cutback on food stamps, and extra money taken out from people's checks. Families are allowed to only come once a month, if they haven't gone to another food pantry that week.

"It's hard to provide nutrients to families with lack of resources," Butler adds.

Volunteers help each Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to provide assistance.
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