The demand for food aid and other resources is growing, and a community organization is trying to help.
Caring Community Friends is one of many organizations working to help those who are struggling financially due to the state of the economy. Executive Director Camille Teale says this year they are seeing an increase in the number of families taking advantage of their services.
Caring Community Friends provides financial assistance for food, utilities and bills. Teale says the help of retail partners and the community is crucial to being able to continue making an impact. Due to fewer donations this year, the nonprofit is purchasing food in greater volume than in previous years.
Currently, the nonprofit is poor in canned foods and non-perishables.
“What we’re hearing is that people’s grocery prices are going up and the bills are going up…but their income isn’t going up. It can be a family that doesn’t have entitled to food stamps that are a bit over that income, but they don’t have the money to buy food, so in our pantry we’re very happy to help out,” Teale said.
TSET Healthy Living has partnered with Caring Community Friends to get more donated goods and opportunities are also available for groups to package holiday foods to help with their distribution efforts.