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Palmyra food pantry running low on donations

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PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -

Last month, the Palmyra Food Pantry helped about 800 people.  Now, both supplies and money are running out.

One reason is because of an increased demand, something almost every food pantry in the Tri-States is dealing with.

But Sharon Womack, who helps run the Palmyra Food Pantry, says utility bills are also taking a toll.

"Our overhead in this building is running us right at $1,000 a month. So with that thousand dollars we have to take that away from things that we are buying for our clients."

Womack says they're helping about 124 families a week, twice as many families than average.

"We've had to cut out sugar, flour, oil, some of the meats, the turkeys and hams at the holidays and some of the people we'll be able to help at Christmas."

But despite all these cuts, people like Joyce McGruder, who use the food pantry, say they couldn't survive without it.

"It would hurt a lot. It will hurt quite a bit. And I know there are others with children who it will hurt worse."

Womack says she's not sure how long they can keep the doors open. Right now, they're relying on donations. 

"We're paid up until the end of the year, that's for sure, and the rest is all just balancing."

Womack says the food pantry is accepting any and all donations, food items or money.

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