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Winter Weather Hits Food Pantries Too

Megan Lynch
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VALLEY PARK, Mo. (KMOX) – Some families are still struggling in the aftermath of recent winter storms — it’s impacted their ability to put food on the table.

Circle of Concern food pantry in Valley Park served nearly 20-percent more people in January than it did a year ago.  Executive Director Glen Koenen says they’re on track to see 25-percent more this month compared to February 2010.

“This winter we’re seeing a double whammy for a lot of families.  They have the usual drop in business activity in January and February, but also the people who get paid by the hour are seeing their stores close, their business close due to the weather and that means even less money in their paycheck,” points out Koenen.

Plus, Koenen says bad weather prevented dozens of needy families from accessing the pantry.   So now they’re trying to squeeze them in as manpower and supplies will allow.

Koenen says Circle of Concern is running low on boxed foods, such as macaroni and cheese and Hamburger Helper.  He says the pantry could also use personal items, such as soap and shampoo.

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