food needs

Volunteer Lois Winsness bags groceries in the Sparrow’s Nest food pantry Monday. Requests for food have nearly doubled after Hurricane Matthew.

Bobby Haven/The Brunswick News

The shelves of food banks around town are quickly running low, as many Glynn County residents attempt to get back on their feet following Hurricane Matthew.

Mel Rozier, director of the Sparrow’s Nest, a local food bank, said the daily number of customers has doubled in the days following the storm.

The nonprofit is currently in need of food and financial donations, Rozier said.

“We’re low on funds now due to the demand,” he said.

The Sparrow’s Nest is a clearing house for about 40 churches who wish to help those in need in the community.

Volunteers were busy Monday filling bags with food, water and toiletries to give to customers. In the past week, these bags have been in even higher demand than usual.

The Sparrow’s Nest purchases food weekly from America’s Second Harvest for 15 cents a pound but is otherwise dependent on Glynn County residents for food donations.

“We never know what’s going to be on the shelf from week to week,” said Debbie Mercer, a volunteer.

At the local Salvation Army office, volunteers are seeing a constant flow of customers in need of food and support after the storm, said Audrey Easterling, a case manager at the Salvation Army.

“With the power being out, they lost all their food,” Easterling said. “I had one whose house was destroyed.”

Easterling said many residents are staying in shelters, so the Salvation Army is currently asking for donations of nonperishable foods.

“And if anybody’s in need of assistance, they can come to the office, and we’ll do what we can to help them,” she said.

While some find replacing food to be no more than an inconvenience, many in Glynn County find that loss to be catastrophic, said Nancy Krabill, director of volunteer ministries at FaithWorks, which helps run the Sparrow’s Nest.

Krabill said that in the last week she has spoken with customers who lost all their food, just after using up their food stamps for the month.

“For people without the resources to fall back on, it’s really a hard time,” Krabill said.

Want to donate?

Those wishing to donate food to the Sparrow’s Nest can drop it off Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

To donate money, Faithworks has a Text to Give program. Text the amount you wish to donate to 912-472-2547, and then complete a registration process.

Checks can be dropped off at the office location at 2911 Altama Avenue or mailed to PO Box 2902 in Brunswick.

Those wishing to give to the Salvation Army can drop off food or money at the office, located at 1624 Reynolds Street in Brunswick. The office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Financial donations can also be mailed to PO Box 958 in Brunswick.