SA Food Bank says shelves at 'historic lows' and urgently in need of donations

Rising utility bills leads to influx of visitors

By Stephanie Serna - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - The rising temperatures have made it difficult for people in need to fill their pantries after paying for steep electric bills.

"If you're a senior on a fixed income and when that utility bill spikes, the grocery gets less money," said Michael Guerra, chief development officer for the San Antonio Food Bank. "They have more food pantry visits, which means more pressure on this warehouse and so it all goes out."

Guerra said the food bank is coming off its biggest summer yet, trying to accommodate more than 200,000 kids at risk for hunger.

"We went extra big preparing meals in our kitchen, delivering extra grocery products to food pantries," Guerra said. "Going that big has depleted our shelves."

Guerra said shelves at the food bank were full at this time last year because of the generous donations coming in after Hurricane Harvey. Now, they're just hoping to restock.

If you'd like to help, you can donate online, start your own food drive or find places around town where you can donate food. Click here to visit the San Antonio Food Bank’s website.

 

 

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