The numbers at Christ’s Table continue to rise despite the end of the summer season.
The organization is used to seeing higher numbers when school students are out for the summer. But, instead of the numbers decreasing with the start of the school year, the numbers continue to rise. In both August and September over 10,000 meals were served, a record high.
"Our numbers have really not slowed down at all in September and October. We really though September was kind of a fluke and then October followed suit too. We’re just preparing to see what this winter is going to do with us," said Executive Director Keely Warden.
Last Friday alone over 660 meals were served. Warden attributes some of the increase to expected changes with the SNAP program and to the food stamp program. Friday and Saturday Christ’s Table will hold a canister drive at area grocery stores to raise money for the organization.
"Last year we generated over $10,000 with our two day canister drive. We’re hoping this year that we can at least match that. Of course your goal is always to stretch past what you did the year before. The way our numbers are going we’re going to need to do that," said Warden.
This year the canisters can be found at grocery stores not only in Zanesville but Duncan Falls, New Concord and Frazeysburg.
Volunteers will be out both days from 10-6p.m. If you would like to work a two hour shift contact Christ’s Table at (740) 452-9766.