Havelock food pantry low on supplies as demand increases

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Carolyn Mewborn stands among nearly empty shelves at the Havelock-Cherry Point Ministerial Association food pantry in Havelock. ‘As soon as the food comes in it goes right back out,’ she said. The organization is feeding about 130 families per month.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013 at 08:23 AM.

The number of families needing food has more than tripled since Carolyn Mewborn began her work as director for the Havelock-Cherry Point Ministerial Association food pantry.

“When I first started about six years ago, we had 40 or 50 families a month,” Mewborn said. “We had 130 families last month.”

The organization is now low on supplies of nonperishable food that is handed out to local families in need.

“What has happened in the last couple of months is food stamps have started a new program and a lot of people didn’t get their food stamps or their food stamps were reduced, so we have had a lot of people coming in,” Mewborn said. “It’s not all the same people. We have a lot of new people coming in, people who have lost their jobs, or their hours have been cut. I think it’s just the economy. They say it’s getting better, but I don’t see it here.”

Mewborn said Craven County Social Services has been referring those families affected by the food stamp changes to the pantry.

“People are saying that they are getting less food stamps than they are used to getting,” she said.

The increases in families needing food has led to nearly empty shelves at the pantry, located at the East Plaza business complex on East Main Street.

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