Food drive July 9 to support Kent Social Services, facing acute food shortage

Video from inside Kent Social Services shows the food is running low this weekend. Submitted video

Kent Social Services is sounding the alarm about an urgent lack of food in the pantry shelves as inflation drives more families to seek food assistance.

An emergency food drive is being held from 9 a.m. to noon July 9 at Hometown Bank Plaza. The drive is sponsored by the Kent Knights of Columbus and the Kent Lions Club.

The items requested are canned fruit, vegetables and soup; ramen noodles; cereal; pasta and sauce; coffee; peanut butter; jelly; macaroni and cheese; rice; and meals in a box, such as hamburger helper or tuna helper.

“Kent Social Services is in an emergency situation with their pantry. They’re almost out of everything and they don’t get their next delivery till Tuesday,” said Tony DeLuke, communications director of the local Knights of Columbus, affiliated with St. Patrick Parish.

He said Marquis Seward, the Kent Social Services program manager, shared a video of their shelves almost entirely bare.

Kent Social Services and the Center of Hope in Ravenna were not available for comment after hours Thursday night.

Wendy DiAlesandro contributed reporting.

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