Food pantry needs donations

ajames@newsobserver.comNovember 8, 2013 

— It’s the time of year for giving, and recently, students at Clayton High School collected canned foods to give to Clayton Area Ministries.

The school’s Interact club joined with its sponsoring organization, Rotary, to conduct the food drive.

“Because of the government cuts, that has created more of a need for food,” said Leigh Hudson, who oversees area Rotary clubs.

In all, Interact members and local Rotarians amassed eight boxes of canned foods and presented them to Dale Matthews, a founder of Clayton Area Ministries.

“There is a constant need for food because we are constantly giving it away,” Matthews said.

Every month, Clayton Area Ministries feeds about 500 people. That’s roughly 125 people every week.

Recipients get breakfast food, frozen meat, vegetables, fruit and bread.

The ministry has regular donors. Many are businesses, including Food Lion, which donates baked goods and vegetables weekly. Food drives like the one at Clayton High help restock the shelves.

In addition to giving food, Clayton Area Ministries helps pay utility bills for people who’ve obtained a voucher from a church showing they are in need. This month, the organization is helping with heating, something it does every November through February.

Interact, meanwhile, is a year-round service club, supporting projects not only in Clayton but as far away as Uganda. This year, Hudson said, Rotary’s focus is hunger relief.

To donate to Clayton Area Ministries, drop off donations at 704 E. Main St. To donate money through Paypal,

James: 919-553-7234

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