Local food pantries seeing empty shelves

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Due to a donation shortage, Food Finders Food Bank is limiting the amount of nonperishable foods distributed to Lafayette food pantries.

Salvation Army Major Jim Irvine says he is only getting about one-third of the food he needs to keep up with demand. He said he is in need of canned fruits and vegetables, soups and cereal.

Food Finders executive director Katy Bunder said they have plenty of perishable foods to give to pantries, but most lack large refrigeration units to keep the food properly stored.

Irvine is asking for the public’s help to keep area pantries filled.

“If you’re at the grocery store and if you pick up ten extra cans of peaches or ten extra cans of pears or ten extra cans of green beans, bring them along. We’d love to have that,” said Irvine.

Bunder said they are always looking for food or monetary donations.

To find out how you can donate to food finders, click here.

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