Ties with Guys Ministries in Clayton started their food pantry a few months before the pandemic and Enoch Rutherford reported the need increased dramatically in March. “To see people that still have a job but need help, I just thank God we’re able to help,” he said. They are also delivering boxes to folks who are not able to make it to their site.
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard pantry in Wilmington teamed up with the police department early in the pandemic to deliver food boxes to seniors. Even after cutting back to two distribution days, they are serving more people than ever before. “We now have far more clients coming to us in two days than we ever had in five days. Our numbers have skyrocketed,” said Roxann Lansdowne, from Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. And to keep everyone safe, they’ve recruited and trained new volunteers who are not part of high-risk populations. “Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard has always been a bridge for low-income families. Now their income a lot of times is zero.”
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