Helen Weldy, a volunteer with Archbold FISH Food Pantry, said in the last two years, the number of people seeking food assistance has doubled.
“They’re people just like you and I,” she said. “They’re human beings who don’t have the things they need, and food is one of the basic things.
“They are people who are laid off, people who are working, people who are working full-time but for a minimum wage, who don’t have enough.”
FISH relies on cash contributions and in-kind food donations to sustain its operation.
Weldy said the churches can’t fulfill the need alone, though. FISH has turned to the Northwest Ohio and Seagate food banks in Toledo to assist.
The food pantry is open the second, third, and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Contributors can contact Weldy or any FISH volunteer, or may stop in at the food bank on South Defiance Street.