INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. -- It's a story we've been covering for months now -- major shortages at area food banks after cuts to the food stamp program.
A Union County food bank tells us they are now regularly getting emergency calls from people who don't have food for the night.
The work never stops at the Common Cupboard. There is a thrift store and food pantry.
The Common Cupboard is the pantry formed by friends seven years ago in Indian Trail and it is busier than ever.
“We’ve found more and more people who have a need for groceries, hard time meeting basic necessities for their families,” says pantry co-founder Keith Adams.
The last few months especially.
A nearby food pantry closing, and changes in the nation’s food stamp program both mean demand is worse than ever before.
“We get a lot of people calling us in emergency situations,” Adams says. “So many of them don’t have anything in the house. They just have cereal and milk.”
Maranda Mullis has had to make that call before.
“It is the awfulest [sic] feeling and to think you have no one out there to help you and no one to turn to, and you’re embarrassed,” she says.
She was so grateful for the help she got, she now volunteers at the Common Cupboard, delivering food to people who can't make it to the pantry.
“It just gives me a joy that I'm actually helping someone. I'm doing something to help someone not be hungry at night. They won't go to bed feeling hunger pains or worrying about something to eat because I've been there plenty of times and I'm glad I could help someone.”
If you’d like to help, you can donate to the year fundraising campaign "Pinch the Grinch."
A $20 donation feeds a family in need for one week.
Canned goods also can be dropped off at Common Heart, 116 Business Park Drive, Indian Trail, Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
They can visit www.thecommonplace.org or call 704-218-9060 for more details.