Local food pantry gives to record number of recipients

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by Ray Preston / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 20 at 8:44 AM

(KMOV) – The number of families turning to food pantries is increasing, causing one St. Louis-area town to set a record for their local pantry.

The Bread for Life Food Pantry in Troy, Mo. set a record by serving 200 families in one day, the most ever for the pantry.

When the pantry opened in 2003 it served roughly 15 families a week, it is now up to serving 500 families a month.

Debbie Layton utilizes the pantry and she told News 4 that without the pantry she would not know what to do.

Jim Zuroweste, co-director of the pantry, says that they “get about 18 new families every week that have never been here before. About 20 percent of the people they serve are retired and retirement doesn’t cover all their expense”.

Zuroweste says that the pantry serves a wide variety of families “some are disabled, some are perfectly capable of working, they just can’t find work”.

Food pantries across the country are showing a drop in donations and tight budgets but Bread for Life says that the community steps up when needed when it comes to donations. 

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