Longest running North County food pantry searching for donations

Months before holidays are lowest donation period

SAN DIEGO - With summer coming to a close and the school year in full gear, the longest running food pantry in the North County says they need help.

The months right before the holidays are typically the lowest for donations, according to Jerry Morgan of Interfaith Community Services.

Morgan is the program manager of basic needs for the organization. He said the full shelves you see in the food pantry during morning hours are deceiving. By the end of the day, it's empty.

"That's when it gets kind of stressful," Morgan said.

Austin Childress and his family use the food pantry. He came to Interfaith Community Services in Escondido to apply for an emergency food box as they wait for approval on their food stamps application.

"Especially being the dad, you have to support your family," Childress said, who balances his day between morning hours as a window washer and afternoon classes.

In 2012, the organization provided 302,940 meals a year. It has helped more than 25,000 people.

Morgan said they get 90 percent of their supply from donations, with the remaining coming from grants.

"I have no budget to buy food for the food pantry, so when we run out of food, we run out of food," Morgan said.

Those on the receiving end say they couldn't survive without it.

"I'd like to thank them for doing their donations. Definitely isn't easy," Childress said.

To learn more about the organization, click here http://www.interfaithservices.org/

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