Charities Are In Danger Of Shutting Down

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Some Pike County charities are in danger of shutting down if they don't get some financial help.

That's what the directors told Pike County Social Service Commissioners Thursday morning at an emergency meeting.

Directors of six charities that provide food to the needy say more people need their help than ever before, but food and gas prices doubled and they can't afford the bills.

They're asking for government help or else they'll go out of service and thousands will go hungry.

Six different charities do their best to make sure no one goes hungry in Pike County, but directors say that gets harder everyday.

“No longer are we able to function like we did before,” Charles Sanders, HELP Charity Director said.

They say their food and gas bills doubled in the last year and so did the number of people who need help.

Currently four thousand people a month depend on them for food, but directors say they don't have enough money to help them all now.

Directors don't want to shut down and took their pleas to County Social Services.

“Where are we going to be at if our food pantry's shut down? Where are we going to be at? Whose going to take care of them? It's time to say enough is enough. We need help. We asked before, but we're begging you now,” Sanders said.

Social Service Leaders say they'll help.

They're asking churches for donations, and setting up a meeting with the food pantries in Lexington to see if they can get a pantry here to cut driving and fuel costs.

They're also looking at how coal severance funds could pay operating expenses to free up other money for food.

“I think we have accomplished something. We set a goal of what we plan on doing and we're moving towards that,” Carol Napier, Social Services Commissioner said.

Charity directors are pleased with the meeting, and believe no one in Pike County will go hungry.

The charity directors scheduled another meeting next month with state and federal government representatives and ask for their help as well.

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