Food pantry levels are presently low at Crosslines.
"We would really appreciate food donation drives at this time," said Jolene Garoutte, Crosslines director.
Higher electricity rates from Empire District Electric for August service reaching customers in September put a major stress on lower income residents, Garoutte said. Some opted to pay the bill and let food supplies run down. Some have been running out of food and turning to Crosslines for help.
"It's a downhill effect, I'm afraid," Garoutte said.
Crosslines always has demand for packaged food staples, such as peanut butter, tuna, macaroni and cheese, soups and crackers.
"We've got plenty of hamburger," Garoutte said. "Five farmers had injured cattle and donated them to us. We made them all into hamburger. It's the other things we need."
For fresh produce, Crosslines provides vouchers to Save-A-Lot. Garoutte said Crosslines only has one refrigerator and cannot handle anything but a small quantity of fresh items.
A number of new shoppers have been seen lately at Crosslines' resale store. Garoutte said sales help support the charity's direct aid to distressed residents. With propane purchases starting, Garoutte expressed concern over how difficult the winter months might be.
Food donations need to be brought into the Crosslines store at Cleveland and Sixth Street between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For additional information, call 235-6666.