Cumberland County Food Bank continues to provide food while working to solve supply chain issues

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Steadman, North Carolina (WTVD)-Many people are now feeling stressed due to supply chain issues. This includes people who need help to support their families.

But the problem is deeper. The shortage is now affecting local food banks.

A church in Cumberland County tried to help people struggling in the community and felt this in many ways.

Minister Debbie Mathis and her congregation at Coxbury United Methodist Church at 7536 Clinton Road, Steadman, have been on the front lines of the fight against food insecurity during the pandemic.

“Before we only opened it once a week. Now we are open four days a week. Some families come every week. Now we have about 50 to 60 families coming every month,” Matisse said.

Necessities such as rice, beans and canned food are staple foods for many people, and they may only have a salary to stay away from hunger.

Many donations come from grocery stores and larger food banks that work with the church, but due to supply chain disruptions, these once-full shelves are dwindling.

“If you look around, our only canned food is the box of tuna over there and the ham from our Thanksgiving set meal,” Mattis said.

More people want to eat, which means they need more ways to store food, but the supply chain shortage affects almost everything, even the use of refrigerators.

Church member Mike O said: “Eggs or butter, or if we have extra agricultural products, such as vegetables that are good for people, if we can’t find a place to refrigerate or keep it safe, we must destroy it.” Donnel.

In a community that is still recovering like many communities, every donation is important.

Church member Lisa O’Donnell said: “I have seen that it becomes a lifeline for those who live during the shutdown. They have no jobs and no income.”

No matter how much they have or how big their needs are, Mattis said that anyone who comes to them will not be rejected.

“Everyone should eat, and everyone should have healthy food,” Mattis said. “If they can’t, what does that mean for us people?”

Currently, the Cokesbury United Methodist Church food pantry focuses on non-perishable foods, such as canned vegetables and canned meat, and cooperates with other churches in the area to help those in need.


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