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Area Food Pantries Short on Specific Items

By Potomac Local July 23, 2014 11:30 am

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As we approach the doldrums of summer, some food pantries in our area are looking for increased donations of specific staple food items.

Things like rice, pasta sauce and canned fruit are being asked for by those who run the ACTS Food Pantry in Dumfries.

ACTS spokeswoman Tara Jennings-May told us the following in an email:

Summer Vacation Bible School donations and the Dale City Farmer’s Market (which is donating 3-4,000 pounds of fresh veggies each week right now, and they donate throughout their growing season; thanks to VCE–Prince William Master Gardeners) really help get us through the summer.

Nonperishable food donations can be dropped off at the ACTS Food Pantry at 3900 ACTS Lane, Dumfries, Va. ACTS Food Pantry donation hours:

Mon, Wed–Fri: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues: noon-7:30 p.m. 

Financial donations are very helpful because our staff can get “the biggest bang for the buck” in that they shop the sales and buy in bulk:  https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1426967

The Food Pantry served 2,350 individuals in June and 2,275 individuals in May–these numbers will increase over the course of the summer months with schools being out and families needing more assistance due to their children usually not having access to free and reduced price meals.

In Manassas, the food pantry at House of Mercy is also in need of specific items. Here’s the latest from spokeswoman Val Wallace:

We’ve been short on specific items. They include –

Canned vegetables, especially green beans.

Canned chicken and tuna.

Brown rice

Low-salt diced tomatoes

Low-sugar pasta sauce. (We’ve been trying to have more healthful foods for our clients who are diabetic.)

Fresh fruit would also be a blessing. Currently we have plenty of beans, white rice and canned fruit.

To learn more about House of Mercy and how to donate, visit their website.

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