Campbell County food pantry in desperate need of volunteers

JACKSBORO (WATE) -The Open Arms Ministry Food Pantry in Campbell County is in desperate need of volunteers.

The pantry serves around 2,000 people a month but only has 10 volunteers. After their former president died in 2015 and their vice president resigned in November, Pantry Treasurer Patricia River said they lost volunteers.Rivera says they need at least 15 volunteers to run efficiently and comfortably.

The food pantry appointed a new president in November, but Rivera says they need at least 15 volunteers to run efficiently and comfortably.

“Right at the moment we’ve probably lost about three of our good workers,” said Rivera. “We could always use volunteers. We’ve got a grocery room that one girl is running and it’s wearing her out.”

The pantry serves those in need in Scott, Campbell and Claiborne counties.

“Parents that have told us that if we weren’t here, it would be a really hard choice between feeding their families or paying their bills, that they couldn’t do both,” said Rivera.

Volunteers can visit Open Arms Ministry Food Pantry’s website.

The pantry is also hosting a fundraiser Saturday, April 1, at LaFollette Middle School. The event is called “Pickin’ Against Hunger” and will feature several Gospel and Bluegrass artists.

Admission is $5, three cans of food or three non-perishable food items.  Kids 10 and under get in free

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