Food bank running critically low on deposits

Author: Kylee Cruz, KXLY4 Reporter, kyleec@kxly.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 07:14:20 PM PST   Updated On: Jan 30 2013 07:18:41 PM PST
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A local food bank needs your help. City Gate is turning away families in need because of a lack of food on their shelves.

"Here's our shelf, we have marshmallows and one messed up box of Mac and Cheese," Andra Phelps said.

Marshmallows and Mac and Cheese; definitely not the makings of a hearty meal but it's the reality at City Gate food bank.

"I recognize that some marshmallows and black eyed peas and collard greens wasn't going to establish a large enough meal," Phelps said.

The food bank's shelves are almost bare. While they do have a large supply of clam juice they don't have much else.

"We have had to reschedule appointments so that hopefully when they come back we can have more resources," Phelps said.

For years, City Gate has been helping homeless and low income families put food on the table each night. Last year they helped almost 2,000 families who live downtown. However donations have dropped off since the holidays.

"The beginning of the year comes and it's not on the top of your priority list because your heat bill is up and you are not necessarily thinking about donating food however it is just as much of a need in January and February as it is in November and December," Phelps explained.

City Gate is in desperate need of dry and canned goods that have protein in them like tuna or chili. Phelps said the best thing people can do to help is to donate to the local food bank in your neighborhood and help ease the stress of those who need food.

If you can donate to City Gate, they are located at 170 South Madison in Spokane. Their phone number is (509) 455-9670.