The Crisis Food Center in Alton and Community Hope Center in Cottage Hills are just two examples of food pantries that are having a harder time meeting their needs in the middle of summer. There is a noticeable increase in need over the last few years, with children and the elderly accounting for a large portion of that number. While there are a number of ongoing food drives around the area, there is no big push going on right now.
Commmunity Hope Center Executive Director Lyn Cloninger says they will take cash or food donations.
Likewise, Crisis Food Center Executive Director Susan Jolley says if you would like to donate, money goes further for them than food.
Jolley says they are a "don't ask" center regarding income and circumstances, but those who come for help are limited to a five day supply once a month. You can call the Crisis Food Center at 462-8201. The Community Hope Center can be reached at 259-0959.