Food pantries in need of donations seven months after Hurricane Michael

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Area food pantries have had their own challenges since Hurricane Michael.

"The need is so great that we can't keep anything on the shelves," said Director of the food pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church Tammy Wilson.

A major challenge is the lack of donations in recent months.

"We didn't have a pantry before the hurricane, we started after the hurricane, and for a long time, the first two or three months, we had an over-abundance and after that, it's a struggle now," said Wilson.

The food pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church is only open on Wednesdays, and even then it's had to cut back its hours.

"It's like an emotional roller coaster on Wednesday afternoon, we're completely bare at the end of the day, and praying and wondering where next week is going to come from," said Wilson.

Last Wednesday they had more than 300 people come through their doors.

As the months go by, the need for food hasn't slowed down.

"Lately, these past couple weeks, I've gotten a lot of calls for food," said Founder of An Angel's Food Pantry Sally Sparks.

"We feed about a thousand people [a week]," said Wilson.

The amount of food being donated isn't covering the demand.

"Probably 10-15,000 pounds of food [donated] and we probably need 30,000 or 40,000 pounds of food," said Wilson.

"It's slowly getting a little bit less, you know, so I'm looking forward to some more donations," said Sparks.

If you'd like to donate any non-perishable food items, you can drop them off at Trinity Lutheran Church located at 1001 W. 11th Street in Panama City or contact Tammy Wilson at (850) 774-7286.

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