Nonprofits struggling in bad economy
Cupboards bare at Newton's Food Pantry

COVINGTON - The Newton County Community Food Pantry is bare and will be closed this week.

Pantry Director Rosalee Thompson handed out the last of her supply Friday afternoon, marking only the second time the pantry has been empty in her more than 20 years there.

Thompson said she has been assisting between 25 and 38 families a day, double what she normally sees.

"A lot of them have lost jobs or had their hours cut back," she said.

Plus, it's tough to get donations these days with many people on a tight budget, she added.

Though the pantry will likely not be open for assistance or referrals from Monday through Friday, Thompson will be on hand to accept donations.

Canned goods and meats such as hot dogs and bologna are needed.

To make a donation, drop by the pantry, located at 7125 Turner Lake Circle, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday and Thursday or between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.

For more information, call 770-784-0037.

The pantry's neighbor, FaithWorks, a nonprofit organization that assists residents with utilities and rent payments, is also struggling.

FaithWorks has closed for the second time in recent weeks due to lack of funding.

"The demand is like I've never seen it before," said FaithWorks Chairman Bob Furnad.

"It's usually low-end people looking for help, but now we're seeing people with white collar jobs who can't get another job and their houses are going into foreclosure," he said.

Local churches have been faithful with their donations but individual and company contributions are down, Furnad said.

When funding is available, assistance will be limited to those with utility cutoff notices, he said.

To make a donation to FaithWorks, send checks to P.O. Box 2972, Covington, GA 30015.

FaithWorks is located at 7129 Turner Lake Circle and typically operates from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

For more information, call 770-784-1884.