Employees at The Fresno Rescue Mission, an organization which helps people in need, said they’re now desperate for some assistance of their own.
“Normally these shelves are stocked from top to bottom,” Josh Mendoza said Friday.
He said there has been a major influx of people this summer and they’ve served nearly 67,000 meals. He said they’re close to running through their entire food storage.
“We have 30 days left in our stock of food,” Mendoza said.
The nonprofit is asking the community for non-perishable donations.
“Canned items — canned soups, canned vegetables, dry good like rice, beans, pastas,” Deborah Torres the chief development officer said.
Torres said she’s not sure what led to the spike, but they are currently serving about 750 meals a day.
Fresno City councilmember Miguel Arias said it’s no surprise the Rescue Mission is running low on resources and it’s one of the reasons he opposed anti-panhandling signs in the city.
He said they direct people to resources which may not be able to keep up with demand.
“If you understand the homeless issues in Fresno, we don’t have enough shelters, enough food pantries to actually serve the thousands of homeless individuals we have in our city,” he said.
Arias said he wants solutions to the issue, including increasing shelters and beds.
“At the same time though we need to increase the amount of permanent housing to keep more individuals from becoming homeless,” he said.
In the meantime, employees at the Fresno Rescue Mission are hoping the community can help.
“What we’re hoping is that businesses, that individuals who maybe work in businesses, maybe go to schools, classes, church groups will think about doing a food drive for the Fresno Rescue Mission,” Torres said.
To help, bring your donations to The Fresno Rescue mission at 263 G. St. or The Fresno Rescue Mission Thrift store 181 E. Sierra Ave.
Or donate through their website: