FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – As several community organizations are looking out for the needs of Ferguson residents, a fundraising effort to feed Ferguson is also gaining momentum online. Thousands of dollars are expected to go to Ferguson.
The money raised will go to the St. Louis Area Food Bank in Bridgeton who will ensure that food will make its way to families in Ferguson.
“I don’t have no options now,” said one resident.
A continuous stream of Ferguson residents joined a line at St. Johns and James Food Pantry because they are left with few alternatives as stores in their neighborhood have closed down amid the looting and violence.
“It’s stressful right now. I’m not at work because of all this stuff going on. I’m just ready to go back to work and do normal things,” added another resident.
Tiffany Townsend has not been able to leave her house for more than a week, so she brought her four boys with her to stock up their pantry at home.
“This is my first time having to come here because everything is shut down,” Townsend said.
Many in line said they were forced to reach out to the food pantry for the first time due to lost wages and lack of open stores.
There is more help in addition to food pantries. An online site started by a North Carolina teacher has already raised more than $80,000 for families like the Townsend’s who are left with nowhere else to go for food.
Those interested in donating to the St. Louis Area Foodbank can click here.