Local Food Pantries in Need of Summer Supply

- LITTLE ROCK, AR - It happens every year, not, just around the holidays, food pantries like the Salvation Army going low on food just when the need is greater during the summer months, and more kids are home from school.

Jennifer Washington has been working at the Salvation Army for two years. She's a single mom, with two kids who are very happy to be home for the summer break.

What's not so fun, when it's time to eat, she notices, even for a working mom like herself, it gets harder to keep the shelves stocked when school is out.

“It makes a big difference when they are there full time, you have to keep a full cabinet, it's hard being a single mom," said Washington.

Major Roger Glick, Area Commander with the Central Arkansas Salvation Army, says the need for food so far this summer is up 32 percent since school has been out.

"Kids are home now, so it's putting a little more pressure on families that would normally eat lunch at school," said Glick. 

And it's not just Little Rock. 

"We have food pantries in Conway, Benton, we have one here in Little Rock, North Little Rock, I haven't checked with them, but I'm sure places like Hot Springs are feeling the pinch," added Glick. 

Jennifer certainly feels that need sometimes, and so do others.

"There are plenty of families out here who need it," said Washington.

A basic necessity, that Arkansans shouldn't have to face.

Go to the Salvation Army website to find out exactly what foods are needed to fill the pantry for summer and drop off locations.

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