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Area nonprofits still facing food shortage

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

 

Christian Ministry isn’t the only county nonprofit experiencing a crisis-level food shortage.

In My Father’s House Community Support Services Network, Inc., is also running out of items — food and clothing — to give to community members, Co-Founder and Prophetess Ivey Robinson said.

Since 2010, when the Lincolnton nonprofit was established, officials have regularly worked to meet the needs of those both hungry and hurting by serving three county locations.

“We as a nation are having tough times and a lot of people are giving up,” Robinson said.

“We (the nonprofit) get the chance to meet a lot of people of all races, different backgrounds and ages, and they are all saying the same thing: ‘We need help.’”

Oftentimes, Robinson said the organization provides for families recently victimized by fires or other emergencies.

Officials additionally maintain a food pantry — one which depletes faster and faster each week.

“I normally can go from one month to another keeping food in the pantry,” Robinson said, “but now it’s barely making it from week to week.”

She described the food need as “very severe” — calling it the worst shortage the ministry has experienced since its start.

Officials have credited the cause to recent government cuts and a number of residents’ job losses.

“Everything has been either cut back or cut off,” Robinson said.

The faces of a large percentage of the county’s hungry population are children, she added, many of whom receive just one meal a day — at school.

“We serve the poorest of the poor,” Robinson said.

With the food need ever increasing, the organization has witnessed an influx in calls for assistance, particularly from United Way, she noted.

Nonprofit officials have encouraged residents with extra food in their cabinets this season to donate to those looking for a daily meal, or if possible, provide monetary assistance.

In addition to donations from residents, Robinson said “the Good Lord” has given the facility two grants this year, one each from United Way and Food Lion.

In My Father’s House additionally purchases food items from various local grocery stores.

For more information or to donate to In My Father’s House CSSN, call (704) 419-3298.

 

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