Janesville food pantry struggles to keep shelves full

High school hopes to support students, families with food pantry

The Salvation Army in Janesville is struggling to keep its food pantry shelves full thanks to a huge spike in demand and little-to-no donations coming in.

The pantry likely won’t have enough food to make it through the rest of this week.

Usually, the pantry feeds 500 to 600 families each month, but lately that number has been between 650 and 900 families.

“Where will they go and how will they eat? We’ve never experienced this before, and I’d hate to think we would have to shut down to pantry for a few days or cut our hours shorter,” said Tami Prochazka, social service director for the Salvation Army in Janesville.

The food pantry on Sutherland Avenue is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and accepts donations at the same location.