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Food pantry runs low during summer
The shelves at Sparrow's Nest food pantry are looking bare, says Wright Culpepper, executive director of FaithWorks Ministries, which operates the food pantry.

"The shelves, we've got some food there, but they won't stay that way long," he said.

Summer is always a tough time for charities because after the fall and winter holidays, food pantries and local charities take a back seat to summer activities, Culpepper said.

"People are busy and churches are tied up at Bible schools and sometimes they focus on other mission projects. They're doing good work. We just need some help," Culpepper said.

While the supply dwindles, the need doesn't, he said.

"The demand stays about the same. There's just always somebody who needs help. Usually, we can always offer food to someone who comes up. It's just a constant flow of people," Culpepper said.

Generally, the food pantry looks for non-perishable foods, like rice, beans, pastas and canned foods, but Culpepper said produce is welcome, too.

"We'll take food out of the garden, too. With fresh produce, we can move that pretty quickly," he said.

To arrange to drop food off at Sparrow's Nest, 2911 Altama Ave., call 261-8512 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

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