Bakersfield homeless center faces record low in donations for food boxes, may stop food box handouts

Homeless shelter faces record low food donations

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Homeless Center says its food pantry is at its lowest level in more than a decade.

Shelves sit bare and volunteers scramble to fill food boxes.

Shelter officials say a lack of donations and increase in demand means there is not enough food boxes to go around.

The homeless center hands out an average of 92 food boxes per month.

To cover that, it needs more than 3,000 non perishable food items donated per month.

It has not receiving that number and as a result has had to go out and buy food---which the shelter cannot afford.

BHC officials say they may have to stop handing out food boxes if not enough donations come in.

If you'd like to help fill up the shelves inside bhc's food pantry, you can donate non-perishable food items like pasta, beans, rice, canned vegetables, canned meats, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, cereal and coffee.

Donations can be made Monday through Friday 8:30a.m. To 4:30 p.m. at the Bakersfield Homeless Center on 1600 east Truxtun Avenue.

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