WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Officials with a local food pantry say a glitch in the state's food stamp system means they're busier than ever.
We've done several reports on the impact people not getting their food stamps is having on local food pantries, and Mother Hubbard's Cupboard is no different.
The pantry is currently located on North Second Street in downtown Wilmington. But on Oct. 1, it will open its new location on Red Cross Street. Board members say the new facility is three times larger, but the rent will be doubled. According to board members, they will have to apply for more grants.
They say that the number of people who stop by daily for food has increased, and the fact that many of them are not receiving their food stamps is not helping.
"Even though we're supposed to be open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., we now find ourselves being open until 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. trying to handle everybody," said Rick Zigler, a Mother Hubbard board member. "We do have a rule on our board that anyone who comes in the door does not leave empty handed."
Some people living on Red Cross Street say they're concerned about having the food pantry in their neighborhood. Board members say that they serve good people and will draw the same crowd Carolina Furniture had when it was in that same building.
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