FF Food Shelf busier than ever during holiday season [UPDATED]Published 10:10am Monday, November 26, 2012 Updated 12:18pm Monday, November 26, 2012
November and December mark a time of giving, and nobody needs a helping hand more than those at the Fergus Falls Community Food Shelf.
The local food shelf is busier than ever, with about 25 percent more families using the service compared to recent years, said volunteer coordinator Lorna Fuglesten.
“I think the economy is hurting and people are still being laid off work,” she said. “Another thing this time of year is seasonal workers are now getting laid off. When people fall on hard times, they really fall on hard times.”
The food shelf typically serves about 380 families per month, but November is expected to see 450 to 500.
“We’re seeing working class families with two incomes,” Fuglesten said. “The price of groceries, rent and everything has gone up. Everything has gone up in price. What a family of four could afford a year ago, they aren’t necessarily affording this year.”
Each family is only allowed to visit the food shelf once a month, so the service doesn’t keep giving to the same people over and over, she said.
The local food shelf is operated by 175 volunteers with no paid positions, and Fuglesten said more help is always welcome. The service is currently seeking volunteer drivers to help transport loads of supplies.
Fuglesten said the most important thing the food shelf needs is monetary donations. With so many more families in need of assistance, the service might start to run low on supplies after the turn of the year.