Help­ing Hands Food Pantry needs help with mon­e­tary do­na­tions to keep op­er­a­tions up

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Vol­un­teers at the Help­ing Hands Food Pantry in Rock­mart want to con­tinue serv­ing the com­mu­nity, but need ad­di­tional help from Polk County and sur­round­ing ar­eas to keep the or­ga­ni­za­tion go­ing.

In a brief re­lease from Help­ing Hands, they thank every­one who has pro­vided do­na­tions of food and cloth­ing, adding “they have been won­der­ful.”

What the or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ally needs at the mo­ment is fund­ing help.

“Th­ese past few months, our mon­e­tary do­na­tions have been very lit­tle,” the re­lease stated. “We are now at a cross­roads as to whether we will be able to stay open or not.”

The re­lease stated the prob­lem: with a new re­frig­er­ated truck do­nated to Help­ing Hands, the cost of gas and serv­ing peo­ple has in­creased the amount the or­ga­ni­za­tion is spend­ing. In­cluded in that is a monthly $700 light bill that can go as high as $1,000, add on the $500 in gas monthly and rent, and not enough do­na­tions com­ing in it be­comes a real prob­lem.

“We pick up food from five dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions ev­ery week. We try in earnest to pick up all we can,” the re­lease stated.

Add to that the 5,978 fam­i­lies served in 2018 (15,023 in­di­vid­u­als at Help­ing Hands alone) and it’s easy to see the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s im­pact on the com­mu­nity.

“It takes money to run a pantry and it takes food to run a pantry,” the re­lease stated. “Please con­sider giv­ing mon­e­tary do­na­tions. Ev­ery lit­tle bit helps.”

Help­ing Hands Food Pantry is lo­cated at 221B S. Pied­mont Ave., Rock­mart. Call 678-6854644 to learn how to help.

/ Kevin Myrick

Vol­un­teers help keep the shelves stocked and bags filled at the Help­ing Hands Food Pantry in Rock­mart.

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