WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Winter weather finally settled in this week and a local food pantry says they are ready to provide for those in need in Brunswick County.
"After Thanksgiving and Christmas, people just love to give and we are overflowing with gifts and donations," Jay Merritt, pastor and organizer of Manna Ministries said. "We start to struggle around March or April."
They rely totally on donations, and Manna organizer Jay Merritt said they provide food so needy families can use what little money they do have toward other necessities, like their heat bill.
"We actually did a housing survey a year ago and found half a dozen families had no heat in their home," Merritt said. "They were hunkered down under blankets."
Manna was able to provide those families with space heaters, and he said as much as people in Brunswick County may not want to believe it, hundreds of families are seriously struggling.
"When we see people standing in thirty degree weather for an hour and a half to get a little box of groceries, we know there's something serious going on," Merritt said.
For more information on how to donate to Manna Ministries, visit www.mannaleland.org