SOUTH GLENDALE — With fewer donations coming in and demand continuing to rise, local food pantry operators say their supplies have reached dangerously low levels.
In recent weeks, Salvation Army Glendale has seen the shelves of its food bank reach near-empty, said Rick White, director of social services.
“This is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” said White, who has operated the pantry for the past four years. “It seems like every food drive we do, we get a little bit less than the last time we did it. And yet the numbers of people we are trying to help keep going up.”
Throughout the protracted recession, the pantry has continued to see new clients come through its doors, White said, with nearly 1,200 people served last month.
Loaves and Fishes, a food bank in South Glendale operated by Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Inc., is also serving more than 1,000 clients per month, said program coordinator Lora Young.