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Local food pantries seeking help during Hunger Action Month

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People in line at the soup kitchen People in line at the soup kitchen
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Shelves are stocked now but won't be for long Shelves are stocked now but won't be for long
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Summer is winding down and kids are back in school, giving food pantries a chance to recover from a busy summer. Local food pantries have asked the public what they can do to help in the fight against hunger as part of Hunger Action Month.

This is the first full year for Horizons Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry at its new location. Officials said the new facility has allowed them to impact a greater number of lives.

Sarah Stephens, director at Horizons, said every month of the year is important for donations. Stephens said their new location has increased visibility and it allows them to reach a portion of the city's population that they hadn't been able to before.

"In 2017, this is our first full year here so what we're seeing compared to the same time frame in our old location last year, we're up about 5,000 meals over 2016," said Stephens.

Stephens said the shelves are full right now but that won't be the case in a couple of days.

She said they are constantly challenged to keep the shelves stocked because the need in the community is that great. Tisha Reeves, who works at Horizons, said she's seen that need firsthand.

"We've got people with disability here," said Reeves. "We've got elderly. And the kids living with their grandparents, the grandparents can't even afford enough for themselves."

Reeves said Horizons could always use help no matter what time of the year. That's why she urged people in the community to do whatever they can to help out whether its a donation or volunteering.

If you'd like more information on how you can help out Horizons, click here.

Major Cheryl Miller with the Salvation Army in Quincy agreed that need knows no season, and donations are needed at all times of the year.

She added that things your normally use at home are ideal things to donate and volunteers are always needed.

For more information on how to help at the Salvation Army, click here.

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