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Need Grows... Charities Overwhelmed

by: Kristen Guilfoos

Amarillo, Texas - The Salvation Army in Amarillo might have to do something it's never done before... Tell people "No."

NewsChannel 10's Kristen Guilfoos has more on why their concern is growing since summer is almost here.

The problem is pretty straight forward.... The food pantry shelves are empty, and the shelter is not. 

In fact, it's more full than it's ever been before... They've seen an average of three times as many people as usual these past few months.

That could mean up to 600 extra mouths to feed. And that number is expected to get even bigger, with summer just weeks away. 

Major Tim Grider says, "What's gonna happen this summer? What are we gonna do with families that come to us with kids since there's no school? Because there is that alleviation during the school year with families in our family shelter. The kids are at least in school during the day and we don't have to worry about that care, the maintenance, the feeding."

With so many extra people to house and feed, their budget is nearly maxed out... There's no where left to turn but the community, and people only have so much money to give. 

So, they don't want to do it, but if push comes to shove, they might have to start turning people away.

The High Plains Food Bank is also busier than ever.

They handed out 740,000 pounds of food last month... that's the most they've ever given out in a 30-day period since they opened their doors. 

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