For the last 13 weeks of summer, the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry has kept their doors open on Saturday afternoons.

“It helps people eat,” said volunteer Gayle Ennis. “Plain and simple. It helps people eat.”

Director Steve Starks said the pantry had an average of 75 people each Saturday in June, but the numbers lowered in July. He said although they now average about 45 to 50 people on Saturdays, that’s about 15 to 20 families not going hungry.

“The real thing that shows the need is the number of new families we’ve gotten,” said Starks. “It been pretty substantial over what we get during the week.”

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