Volunteer Zachary Medley pictured above prepares a box of food at the Cadiz Food Pantry. Organizers said they are seeing more people come through the doors, but many of them are recent transplants from outside the state that have come looking for jobs in the oil and gas industry. As of October, about 951 people from 280 families were helped and holiday aid is expected to top 1,000.

Meanwhile, the pantry always needs monetary and food contributions. With the holidays fast approaching, they were seeking canned and boxed items, including vegetables, potatoes and stuffing. Volunteers are also needed to pack and distribute the food.
“Usually around the holidays we get 1,000,” said Betty Morris program director , while Edna Morris, program director, interjected that more than 1,700 people were assisted last year.
For more information, contact the pantry at 740-942-4300.