Food pantries in Harrison County said they see an increase in use around the summer months.
The United State Postal Service holds an annual food drive that most pantries in Harrison County benefit from.
Every year, residents are mailed a post card to reminder them about the food drive. Usually a bag is provided to residents so that they can put the food out for pickup by the postal service.
Bags were not provided to residents this year, and the food drive collected about 10,500 pounds of food. Food bags were provided last year and the drive brought in more than 26,000 pounds of food.
“A lot of the food pantries depend upon this to get them through the summer since we get more people for the summer when the kids are home so more food is needed at that time,” said Ellen Auvil, Quiet Dell Food Pantry.
Organizers said the number of food donated this year could be because no bags were provided. Organizers planto get bags sponsored for next year’s food drive.