With food pantries serving more people than ever as the economy stays stagnant, there is more to do as the calendar moves us into the holiday season. Although donations are traditionally better than average during the holidays, the call for help has been greater across the board over the past 12 months, so some area resources are having to cut back.

Executive Director of the Alton Crisis Food Center Susan Jolly says in light of their tight budget, the usual Thanksgiving offerings will not be available this year.

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The Community Hope Center in Cottage Hills is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving deliveries, according to Executive Director Lyn Cloninger.

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If you need help or would like to help, call the Crisis Food Center at 462-8201, or the Community Hope Center at 259-0959.