MINEVILLE - Demand is exceeding donations at the Moriah Food pantry.
"We've seen a 70 percent increase in the number of families using the food pantry," explained Sue Morse, pantry director. "The people of Moriah have been very generous in helping us, but we just can't keep up."
That's especially frightening to Morse, who said the peak demand for food pantry services comes during the winter months.
"We expect things to get busier," she said. "Winter is the most difficult time for many families."
The Moriah Food pantry is located in the rectory of the Church of All Saints in Mineville. It is open Wednesdays 10 a.m. to noon. Income guidelines apply.
Morse said the community has been very supportive of the food pantry. She noted several local churches, school groups and others have held food drives for the pantry. There have also been many individual donations.
"We want the people of Moriah to know we appreciate all their assistance," Morse said. "They're very generous.
"The demand is so great, though," she continued. "Funds are low and we need help more than ever before."
The Moriah Food Pantry has collection boxes at St. Patrick's Church and at Mac's grocery store, both in Port Henry.
Monetary donations can be mailed to the Moriah Food pantry, 15 Maple Lane, Mineville 12956.
"We're just trying to make ends meet now," Morse said. "We appreciate the support of the community in helping us meet the needs of so many people."