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One area pantry says it has no food to give

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

At this time of year many families are reaching out for help putting food on the table, but one area pantry has no help to give.

The Palestine Neighborhood Center at 35th Street and Indiana Avenue has a full kitchen, plenty of storage space and a team of dedicated volunteers ready to go.

"We have a reputation for as long as we have been here for being the bread basket for the neighborhood. And that's what we have tried to do," said Tom Bibbs, the president of the Palestine Neighborhood Corporation.

But this year the center had to turn families away. They don't have any food in their pantry to help those who are going hungry.

"What's disheartening is they are asking for bread for their children and we don't have anything to give them," Bibbs said.

He said for years the Salvation Army and other groups would give the center bread and food items to hand out.

"The items that we have gotten in have not lasted long. They are almost gone within hours after we do manage to get them and bring them in to unload them or they're gone by the next day," Bibbs said.

But this year no one has any extra food left over to give the center because the demand is so great.

"It's tough all over. But we get people coming in for services and food every day that we are open," Bibbs said.

Now volunteers at the center are hoping local restaurants or businesses will step in and help them continue their mission of serving struggling families.

"We have people willing to help and give up own resources and all we are asking for is a hand in putting this program forward," Bibbs said.

A community police officer who works with the center said word is getting out about the center's need for food to fill their pantry and already one group said they will drop off a $500 donation Wednesday.

If you would like to help the Palestine Neighborhood Center stock up their pantry, you can call them at 816-924-3211.

Donations can also be dropped off at their center: 3449 Indiana Ave., Kansas City, MO 64128.

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