Written by Staff
The food pantry at Irving Cares is at a critical point. The food pantry provides services to an increasing number of families.
Though the food donation level has remained constant over the past few years, the requests for services continues to increase, and inventory cannot keep up with the high demand on the food pantry. Many corporations, places of worship, and civic groups often hold food drives for which Irving Cares and its volunteers are most thankful.
This week, the North Texas Food Bank released a statement indicating that they are at a critical level as well.
“The North Texas Food Bank is our main resource for food procurement, and when their inventory is low, we are forced to purchase at retail costs. Our budget cannot withstand these expenses. Empty shelves equal empty stomachs,” said Teddie Story, Irving Cares’ CEO.
Last year, Irving Cares provided nutritionally-balanced emergency groceries to over 9,600 families. At that volume, the Food Pantry needed over 817,000 pounds of food, and only 285,000 (35 percent) pounds were donated. Irving Cares can only maintain this level of service to those in need with the community’s support.
Source: Irving Cares