It’s a situation no one ever wants to have to deal with, knowing when your next meal is going to be. But the reality is many local residents are asking themselves that question.
Christ’s Table in Zanesville has seen an increase in the number of people coming through its doors by about a thousand. Executive Director, Gretchen Sayre, says government assistance and food stamps only go so far, and some of these people are struggling by the end of the month.
"They don’t last very long when you stop and think about what the price of everything is. They’ve got to make decisions whether we buy food or whether we heat the house, pay the electric bill," says Sayre.
Christ’s Table is also struggling to serve more with less funding, but Sayre says the staff will continue to help with what they have.
"Our mission is to feed god’s people. So that’s what we try to do here is feed god’s people. Anybody that comes through the door is our guest, " says Sayre.
The staff recently received good news: That it’s receiving a $65,000 dollar state grant from the Walmart Foundation. Sayre says they plan to use it to buy a new walk-in freezer and walk-in cooler so they have more room to store food and won’t have to turn any away.
The staff is also prepping for next Thursday’s Thanksgiving meal, which will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sayre says it’s important everyone gets to experience a nutritional holiday meal.