Fayette’s food bank got a boost recently when the local Boy Scout troop collected food donations from residents.
In Morenci, the stock of supplies is dwindling and new donations are needed.
That’s the state of many food banks in the region, according to the Food Bank Council of Michigan. According to that agency, more and more people are being forced to choose between heat and food.
“There are a few more people coming in asking for help,” said Joy Short, treasurer of Fayette’s St. Vincent de Paul Society. “We helped a lot of people.”
The food bank operated by St. Vincent de Paul now has a good stock of supplies, thanks to the annual effort by the Boys Scouts—and the area residents who donated food to the cause.
The agency offers help after tragedies such as a house fire, but there are often people living in the area or just passing through town who need some help with food or clothing.
The center is open regularly every Thursday, but volunteers also respond whenever called. Sheila Bates and Betty Monahan are the contact people.
Morenci’s food bank is housed at the Church of the Nazarene and there have been a lot of requests for help this winter.
“We’ve been hit like everybody else and we’re trying to build it back up,” said the Rev. Dennis Owens. “We just put a plea out to the churches who are participating.”
Not only are heating costs posing a problem for many families, he said, the cost of transportation due to rising fuel costs is also making it tough.
The Morenci Ministerial Association is hoping for a wide variety of non-perishable food donations, such as canned goods and boxed food.
The church isn’t always staffed in the mornings, he said, but someone is there every day from noon until 4 p.m.