HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- A food pantry in Holyoke is in desperate need of your help.
Margaret's Pantry is currently at a fraction of the typical 80,000 pounds of food they need in order to serve 1,500 people, which isn't enough to last through November.
"I've been here for 12 years. Every year, you have hard weeks. We've had hard months," said program manager Brenda Lamagdeleine.
Margaret's Pantry is a Providence Ministries service that provides food to all of western Massachusetts, with the exception of Springfield.
Lamagdeleine said that typically, they receive enough donations to get them through November, but this year, that's not the case.
"I have a whole entire room that's empty that's usually filled this time," Lamagdeleine added.
A family of four gets 75 pounds and demand has been up
Lamagdeleine told Western Mass News that Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico and more recently, Hurricane Michael in Florida, have brought an increase of people.
Margaret's Pantry is asking for your help filling the shelves. They're looking for food donations like dessert mixes, canned fruits, and vegetables, along with meal makers, but that's not all.
They're also asking for warm clothing donations such as winter coats, hats, and gloves.
"Coats for men women and children. We need blankets, sheets. We need towels, we need face cloths - anything you can do for clothing. Even shoes and pocketbooks, we can use those items, along with household items," Lamagdeleine noted.
The pantry has refrigerators to store items like eggs, cheese, and meats. Turkeys are also encouraged this time of year, along with soups.
"We really have gotten the demand over the last month because of the weather change so quickly," Lamagdeleine explained.
You can drop them off at any Holyoke fire station, and at the following locations:
- Margaret's Pantry: 56 Cabot Street
- Holyoke City Hall: 536 Dwight Street
- Holyoke Police Department: 138 Appleton Street
- Any Holyoke fire station
Any schools or businesses interested in hosting a drive to benefit Margaret's Pantry can call Rory Casey at Providence Ministries at (413) 536-9109
The Providence Ministries is also hosting a Retro Game Night at the Log Cabin on Friday, November 16 at 6 p.m. to benefit the Margaret's Pantry and Jude's Clothing Center.
For more information, please visit the link here.