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The food pantry shelves look more bare at Eastside Community Ministry as more people come in for assistance.
Typically the pantry serves at most a handful of new families every month. That number jumped last month as they served 45 new families.
"Usually towards the end of the month we are extremely busy in a normal circumstance," explained Joey Osborn development and youth director at Eastside Community Ministry. "We have experienced a higher demand lately."
Osborn believes the demand could be due to a rise in utility prices now that the weather has turned colder, which then takes more money out of the family budget.
Since Eastside belongs to the Hunger Network they are able to purchase some food items at discount, while items like mac & cheese, peanut butter, jelly, chicken noodle soup and canned fruit cannot.
"Those are the things that are essential," said Osborn. " They provide good protein and nutrients especially to families with small children."
Eastside currently serves residents from Linden Avenue to Norwich and from Adamsville to Duncan Falls. Anyone wanting to donate can due so Monday through Thursday from 9am-5pm. Monetary donations will also be accepted. They can be mailed to P.O. Box 965 Zanesville, OH 43701.