MOOERS - As the number of people needing assistance from the Mooers Food Pantry increases, food seems to be decreasing.
According to food pantry volunteer Shirleen Buskey, donations are desperately needed.
"We've got such a demand and our supplies are so small," Buskey said. "It's just that one week you stock up your food and two weeks later, it's gone way down again. We just can't keep up with it."
Buskey believes the current economy is to blame for the increasing number of people at the food pantry.
"The demand is so high this year," she said. "Every two weeks we'll get two or three new people. It's hard."
However, now is the time the community can really help out.
"In the summertime we like to get the garden products," Buskey explained. "People always have a lot of summer squash or something that they don't know what to do with."
The Mooers Food Pantry, which is housed at the Mooers Wesleyan Church on Maple Street, helps people from throughout northern Clinton County, including Altona, Mooers, Mooers Forks, West Chazy, Sciota, Chazy, Champlain, Rouses Point and Ellenburg.
Buskey said pantry volunteers haven't yet had to turn people away; however they have had to get "skimpy" with how much they give.
"They don't get as much as we'd like to give them," she said, adding the garden produce can help.
"It would be a great fill in if we could get this produce during the summer months," Buskey explained. "To help fill in for the rest of the food. And it always goes. It never spoils."
She added many people are happy when they see they have received fresh produce in their boxes.
"They're very, very happy," said Buskey. "They're very grateful for it."
If interested in making a donation of food or money to the Mooers Food Pantry, contact Buskey at 236-9228 to make arrangements, or stop by the food pantry Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Mooers Wesleyan Church, 149 Maple St.
If interested in receiving assistance from the pantry, bring proof of residency during the pantry hours.
"We're always glad we can help them," said Buskey. "I always make sure to tell them not to feel bad about coming and be sure to come back if they need the help. I'm more than happy to see their faces."