An East Texas organization is in desperate need of your help. After a decline in food donations and an increase in the amount of people needing food, the organization PATH is almost out of food.
Normally, the shelves in its food pantry are filled with canned vegetables, soup and other non-perishable items like cereal and peanut butter, and along the side of the walls, the pallets are usually covered with food, but that's not the case today.
PATH says it's not sure why their donations are down, but the organization does know the number of people who need food has doubled. Volunteers say its because it's summer. They say families are having to provide lunch for children, who are normally fed at school free.
"We usually serve about a 100 families per day," said Christina Fulsom, Executive Director for PATH. "We've been seeing as many as 150 families per day, and as of today we've had to give them less food in their bags then we normally give them. All non-perishable food is needed and particularly vegetables and then peanut butter is needed because it provides great nutrition for children and the elderly." Fortunately, PATH says so far it has not had to send anyone away emptied handed, but if donations do not come in soon, it will have to close it's food pantry.
PATH is accepting both food and monetary donations. Donations can be dropped off at PATH, located on West Front Street in Tyler. It's open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.