A local pastor says their food pantry distributions are up from last year.
First Baptist Church of Man, along with PRIDE, Salvation Army and other church sponsored food pantries, met the Huntington Area Food Bank trucks recently to pick up their allotment of food pantry items on the Walmart parking lot.
“We serve about 150 to 175 people every month,” Rev. Clyde Robertson said.
Robertson said their distribution was up around 20 percent more in 2013 than it was in 2012 and he contributed it to layoffs at the coal mines.
“There are a lot of people getting laid off at the mines,” Robertson said. “It keeps increasing.”
Robertson said a lot of their pantry items come from the Huntington Food Bank and they also purchase quite a bit of it.
“A lot of the can goods we buy our self,” Robertson said.
The Baptist Church of Man holds their food pantry on the third Tuesday of each month.
“People need to come in and sign up and then they can get a basket each month,” Robertson said.