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Crossing food pantry seeing record number of people in need

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- With Christmas just a week away, retailers aren't the only ones who are busy.

Hundreds of people in need are going to local food pantrys looking for help so they have something to eat during the holidays.

And one local church says they're seeing record numbers of people and are asking for the community's help so the can help those who are in need.

For Betty Shankman, times are especially tough.

"I have a friend and we share expenses and we're both on disability and food is very limited in our house," Shankman said.

And without food pantry's like the one here at the Crossing Church, Shankman and dozens of other struggling families would likely go hungry.

 "When you get $16 a month for food stamps, you can't survive on that. And that's what we get," Shankman said.

But the food pantry is also feeling the pinch. Last month it served more than 150 families, a record number for the church.

And officials say this month they'll likely serve even more.

"Last month we actually had 52 new families that came through the line and today its hard telling what it'll be," said Martha Barry, a food pantry volunteer.

But even as volunteers load up bag after bag of groceries for those in need, church officials say there's one thing they will always have plenty of, and that's spiritual support.

Volunteers say those who are looking for food usually leave with much more.

"Each one of the families that comes into the food pantry is talked with one on one and prayed with, we try to meet as many needs as we can," Barry said.

For people like Shankman, what she's going to eat during the holidays is one less thing she has to worry about.

"It's an answer to a prayer for people who have no answer," Shankman said.

Church officials say they're always in need of donations throughout the year, not just the holidays.

If you would like to help, you can either donate money or non-perishable food to the Crossing Church or any of the food banks in the area.

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