Q3 saw an increase in need from our clients. Our client average jumped from 12 to 16 families served each day that we were open in September for a total of 250 families for the month. We also saw a similar spike in request for rent and utility assistance as funds throughout the county dry up (one of our neighboring pantries was shut down during September. All in all it was great to service the need of our neighbors.
In September we restarted our "Backpack Program" that provides nutritious food to elementary school kids that typically come to school hungry Monday morning. These children are identified at two local schools by secretaries and counsellors. This year we will provide food for about 40 children. Feedback from the schools has been terrific about the effectiveness of this program in combatting hunger and building self esteem.
In the midst of rising need, we have seen shortages of food available from the Oregon Food bank and rising prices. We have also been impacted by recalls of peanut butter and ground beef.
We thank you each for your generosity during these challenging times.
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