Compared to this time last year, our Resource Center on Haskell Avenue has experienced a 31% increase in the number of individuals who come to Central Dallas Ministries for assistance with food needs.
This increased demand represents a 34% increase in the number of families who visit our center seeking assistance with their household nutrition needs.
Terry Beer, Resource Center Director, and his team of volunteers do an amazing job in moving what will total at year's end over 1 million pounds of groceries out into the community. But the growth cannot be explained by our increased efficiencies or by our stellar customer service, as good as both of those are.
No, the basic explanation is simple: more people are in need and "the poor" are doing worse today than they were at this same time last year.
I don't know about you, but I have to tell you, this really bothers me.At the same time, our food costs have soared as we face a stream of people again today who need help with the basic necessities of life. Remember us.