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Food pantries prepare for holiday rush

LEE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) — The holiday season, also known as "the season of giving," is a big deal for food pantries.

"Most of the families that we serve could not have Thanksgiving or Christmas without the food they get from us," Nettleton F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry Executive Director Marolyn Hester said.

Every month, thousands of families in Northeast Mississippi depend on food from local food pantries like the F.A.I.T.H. Food Pantry in Nettleton.

So, you might think these pantries stay stocked full of food.

In reality, workers, like Marolyn Hester, admit that's not the case all the time.

"There's just not that much food left in here," Hester said.

Pantry workers sad the number of families that come in to get food increases every year, but they also said the amount of food they get doesn't always do the same.

"We hear the economy is coming back, but in the food pantry business, we don't see that happening," St. Luke Food Pantry Operations Manager Ron Anderson said. "We see the need increasing all the time."

Local food pantries said November and December are their busiest months because of food drives like Food For Families.

They get so much more food than they usually do during the year.

Anderson said that generosity allows the pantries to give more without spending more.

"We may have to go to other sources to purchase food which is going to cost us a lot more money," Anderson said.

As we head into the season of giving, food pantries are preparing to pass out the donations coming their way.

They're look forward to seeing all of the thankful faces that receive them.

"We just try to bend over backwards to try to accommodate so that they can go home and have a meal with their family," Anderson said.





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