BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -
The Bakersfield Homeless Center needs your help to collect donations of non-perishable food items to help those in need in the community.
Officials say the center's food pantry is at a critical low point, just weeks before the busy holiday season.
In the past year, the Bakersfield Homeless Center has seen a dramatic increase in individuals seeking assistance with food items.
This year alone the center has provided food baskets to 825 individuals, on average 92 per month.
The center provides individuals with food baskets to help make ends meet. With the rise in food costs, feeding a struggling family has become more challenging.
Non-perishable items needed for donation include: pasta, beans, rice, canned vegetables, canned meats, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, and coffee.
Donations can be made at the Bakersfield Homeless Center, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1600 East Truxtun Avenue.