Non-profits struggling to help others in down economy

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - With a down economy, non-profit organizations are having a tough time meeting the need of the growing population of people who need their assistance. Locally, organizations say the economy is increasing the need, but also making it harder to meet.

"It puts a strain on us because we have a no waiting policy, so when someone calls and needs food, we have to feed them," said Pat Walker with East Cooper Meals on Wheels.

East Cooper Meals on Wheels currently serves up almost 300 meals a day in Mount Pleasant.  They're planning on serving over 1,000 meals on Thanksgiving Day alone. Walker said they received 33 new recipients in the month of October.

"Our routes are getting so busy that our drivers are delivering food to 25 homes.  We like to keep it around 12 homes for each driver," said Walker.

Another organization, Without Walls, is a downtown shelter and ministry that provides more than food for its recipients.

"We feed, clothe, and shelter men that were formerly struggling on the streets. We try to minister to them and turn their lives around," said Gordan Cashwell.

Cashwell said that the food pantry has been depleated after doing recent events to feed the community. He said its hard to keep up with no money and more people in need.

"Financially, we need a lot of help. The need is just so great," Cashwell said.

Both of these organizations need canned food, Thanksgiving food items, and even whole turkeys. Without Walls is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at Hampton Park. Cooked food donations can be taken to the Food Lion downtown where they will keep the food until the event.

East Cooper Meals on Wheels is looking for at least five more volunteer drivers to commit to delivering food for two hours once a week. They also will accept canned food and whole turkeys.

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