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SANDUSKY Care and Share charity won't stop caring, but will have to stop sharing so much if the non-profit doesn't get a fina
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Care and Share charity won't stop caring, but will have to stop sharing so much if the non-profit doesn't get a financial boost.

This comes at a time when community need is high and donations are low.

A recent postal service food drive helped the 241 Jackson St. organization stock pantry shelves with 8,700 pounds of food. But the food has since all been given out to area residents in need.

The cupboard and the bank account are bare, said Director Dan Ward.

"If we don't get donations in the next few weeks, we will be forced to cut back services or close the food pantry altogether," he said.

Ward said summer is always a slower season for donations compared to the giving season of the holidays.

The non-profit is now struggling to serve the number of area residents in need. Even the most careful and frugal of spending, Ward said, can't stretch donations far enough when community need has risen by 21 percent this year.

During the 2005-06 fiscal year, Care and Share served 18 percent more community members in need than the previous year. At the close of this fiscal year in late June, Ward said he expects an additional 21 percent increase over last year with about 22,500 people served.

Although the number of people served by the organization has grown, donations haven't.

Ward said he recognizes the sluggish economy is a hardship for both residents and businesses, but people need to understand that this is the time when the need is greatest.

The group spends about $2,400 a week to buy food to assist community members.

Ward said he hopes that raising awareness to the group's financial situation will increase donations of food, household goods, appliances and furniture.

Care and Share always accepts monetary donations as well, Ward said.

The group can stretch money donated further than the average person who purchases food to donate to the group because of its buying power as a charity.

For information call 419-624-1411.