Food pantries low on supply as cold approaches

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some Franklin County food pantries are seeing a food shortage as we prepare for colder weather. Food pantry representatives 22News spoke with Thursday said they saw more people coming in this summer, and they are getting fewer supplies from the food bank.

Greenfield’s Center for Self Reliance receives about two tons of food twice a week from the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in Hatfield. It also receives several hundred pounds from local grocers and farmers.

But they also distribute a lot of that food; more than thirty families came into the food pantry before 1:00 Thursday afternoon.

“I’ve never seen this high a demand this early in the season, and my fear is that the depths of winter when its really cold, people are then having to choose between heating their house or feeding their families,” Center for Self Reliance Coordinator Dino Schnelle said.

“I’m just a single person but I feel really bad for the people with children.  And when there’s no food, it’s pretty sad,” Marie Smith of Greenfield said.

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