One of the main food pantries in Essex County is facing a shortage of food and looking for help from the community.
The food pantry at Adirondack Community Action Programs in Elizabethtown has recently had to turn away referrals to their food pantry due to lack of supplies.
"This is the first time since I have been here that the pantry has been practically empty,"" ACAP Executive Director Alan Jones said. "We usually get some funding from FEMA, but that source has dried up and we did not get anything in the last round."
"People have been coming in," pantry coordinator Cindy Cobb said. "We have seen an increase in the numbers coming in. We had one visit where they asked for what was just enough to fill the gap."
"We have had several new people who we have never seen before asking for the assistance of the pantry," Jones said.
Jones said that the ACAP pantry receives referrals from several county agencies as well as municipalities.
"We are one of the main sites in the county, so we have had people coming who have been referred to us and we have had to direct them somewhere else because we are out of food," Jones said.
Jones said that the organization is looking for non-perishable food items to help re-stock the shelves. Food donations can be made during normal ACAP office hours, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information on the ACAP Food Pantry and ways to help, call the Main Office (located at 7572 Court St., Suite 2, in Elizabethtown) at 873-3207.