Friday, a WHSV reporter visited a food pantry to find out how last week's storms affected people who rely on food donation to get by.
Samuel Pyles is a food pantry patron who comes to the Blessed Sacrament Church once a month to stock up on food his family needs most.
“We come here, because they help people out,” said Pyles.
Pyles' is unemployed and he relies on donations from the pantry to keep his family full. Friday's storm knocked out Pyles' power overnight. His food came close to spoiling and he was thankful the pantry has helped him out.
“We've never been turned down here. That's the one good thing.”
Volunteer Jim Destefani has worked for the pantry for a couple of years and he said the storm brought in about 200 people needing food. They were able to help out thanks to donations from corporations and from the Valley's food bank.
“It's very gratifying, because they respect us and they seem very satisfied to get something,” said Destefani.
Pyles has spent nights without a meal on his plate and he knows what it is like to have an empty stomach.
“If it growls too much, you see what you can find,” said Pyles.
He does not use the federal SNAP food assistance program, but he said the food pantry gives his family something he cannot live without.
“Relief. With this heat, you've got to have some kind of air. It's too hot.”
The food bank usually helps more than 1,000 people a month in Rockingham County. If you have spoiled SNAP food and want to be reimbursed, you can find an application for that on here: SNAP Reimbursement Form
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