East Texas food pantries impacted by current economic climate

PATH development director Leslie Watson says, “We’ve gone from buying meat for $20 for the amount that we normally buy up to $74 for the same amount, so familie
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 4:05 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 10:16 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - East Texas organizations like Tyler THRIFT and PATH say the economy is affecting their food pantries.

The summer food shortages may not be much of an issue anymore in stores, but the current economic climate is still affecting their pantries. PATH says they are serving more families now than they did this time last year.

Tyler Thrift says they typically get half as much for the same dollar than what they were spending months ago.

“It definitely affects how often we go and it definitely affects the items that we do put on the shelves. We know this time around prices of peanut butter and jelly were pretty outrageous and so we did have to pass on those, unfortunately, which a lot of people come in looking for.” says co-owner Craig Bopp.

PATH is also feeling the effects of the rise in grocery prices. They said they have had to cut back on getting variety items and focus on the required popular ones that are cheaper.

PATH development director Leslie Watson says, “We’ve gone from buying meat for $20 for the amount that we normally buy up to $74 for the same amount, so families are being impacted by the inflation, we are as well.”

PATH is even seeing a rise in the number of families they are serving.

“Now that school is actually back in, we’re not seeing the drop in our client base and our families that we would normally expect around this time.” said Watson.

But both pantries say they are confident in the East Texas community to help when the need is present.

“We’ve been in the store for three years now, and so I feel like a lot of people are getting to know us better and they see what we do and they know what we do and they’re more willing to help,” said Bopp.

“Through the generosity of donors, we’re still able to continue to do the great services that we do.” said Watson.

Tyler Thrift and PATH are in need of more produce items. If you would like to help, you can drop off donations at their locations.

Tyler Thrift is located at 1700 SSE Loop 323, Suite 302 in Tyler.

PATH is located at 402 W. Front Street in Tyler.

The summer food shortages may not be much of an issue anymore, but the current economic climate is still affecting their pantries. PATH says they are serving