Local food pantry follows trend of donation decrease

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – When stepping inside the Helping Hand food pantry the bright colored assortment of canned food items greet you. It's a welcome sight for volunteers and leaders at the pantry because they know what is really behind these stocked shelves, a two thirds decrease of collections from last year.

Helping Hand's Executive Director, Adrian Weatherwax, said the holiday season is a big collection time for schools and business, but it's the general donations which seem to be down.

Mark Vance is a local resident who said he was surprised to hear this, but he attributes it to the economy, "houses are beginning to sell now, so I think people are spending their money in other avenues than giving.  

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