TRIAD, NC – As temperatures drop across the Triad, some local food pantries are still feeling the effects of a long summer.
With more donations going to people affected by hurricanes, Triad food pantries say less donations are coming in locally.
Most of the shelves are currently empty at the Allied Churches of Alamance County Food Pantry at Holly Hill Mall in Burlington.
"We are in dire need of food,” said Caitlin Vatikiotis-Bateson, community relations director for the non-profit organization. "Our shelves are really, really bare. We have about a month worth of food left."
ACAC serves about 1,000 people a month off the donations it receives from the community and between 60-100 people eat at the organization’s soup kitchen twice a day.
But right now, Bateson says they are struggling to keep the shelves full.
“The need is a lot greater this year. The summer hit us a lot harder than it normally does,” said Bateson. “All of the food pantries in Burlington and Alamance county in the region, we're all in the same boat.”
Non-profit organizations in bigger cities are feeling the impacts as well.
The Salvation Army in Greensboro has an even more limited supply of food.
Leroy Wilson with the Salvation Army says they don’t have enough food to fill up bags for families so they've actually had to turn some people away.
“It's hard to tell somebody ‘no’ when you have a mother and a child coming to the door and asking for food because they don't have any,” said Wilson.
With the weather getting colder, the demand for help is only expected to stack up even more.
“We are really here to help support our neighbors and help support our community,” said Bateson. “We are not looking to stop doing that anytime soon.”
Allied Churches of Alamance County offers an Honor Card program for people who wish to make a donation in someone else's name.
If you would like to help the food pantry, click here to learn more about ways to donate.