BRISTOL — By the end of this week, shelves at Bristol Community Food Pantry will be empty. An increase in demand has caused food to go out much quicker than normal, and funding for food purchases to dry up.
For the first time since the pantry's opening in 2006, more clients are picking up food more than ever before, but donations are not offsetting demand.
Bristol's pantry organizers have started a campaign to see if people would be willing to donate $1 to turn the situation around.
“What would happen if we didn’t have any food?” asked Brenda Spence, pantry director.
“It’s just unbelievable, new applicants, people that have never had to askfor food before, plus I have had numerous people who had been working now got laid off, or things just got real tight,” said Spence.