The Beach Food Pantry in the Outer Banks is helping families affected by the government shutdown.
The organization in Kitty Hawk says its seen about a seven percent increase over the past three weeks.
“We’ve had Coast Guard families, but we’ve also had park service because we have Cape Hatteras Seashore and we’ve also had wildlife service employees come, “said Beach Food Pantry Executive Director Elizabeth Silverthorn.
According to Silverthorn, the winter is their busiest time of the year to help feed families in need. That means it’s also when the food pantry needs the most donations.
As a result of the government shutdown, that need has increased.
Silverthorn says the community has rallied together to help, but they could use more.
“When we have an uptick like this, we have to worry about ordering and being able to get bulk pricing items. Also, what we find is our suppliers are not able to get it to us as quickly,” Silverthorn said. “So, we really are making an effort to make sure these families are served but also the families that otherwise would be coming to see us as well.”
Silverthorn says they serve about 200 families and 80 percent of the food comes from their own budget or food drives.
To help, she recommends giving monetary donations because the pantry gets discounts on food items that regular residents wouldn’t be able to get at stores.
Silverthorn says she and the volunteers are proud to be a resource in the community and want families to see them as that resource in their time of need.
“We want to make sure no one goes hungry in Dare County,” she said.
To find out how you can help, call (252) 261-2756 or visit their website.