DUNBAR (KDKA) — Fayette County is one of the poorest areas in the state and the need there is growing, especially for food.
KDKA’s Brenda Waters visited one of the county’s food pantries, and the Catholic nuns who run it say the need is greater than ever.
Rendu Services offers a nursing program and operates a mobile health van, but where the need is greatest is their food bank.
Sr. Nancy says she finds the pantry is giving families less food now.
“It affects all the local food pantries,” she said. “We have decided not to sign up any new families till January.”
A little more than 1,200 people live in Dunbar, and more than 10 percent of them rely on the food bank, like 67-year-old Kathy Dugan. She’s been coming to the food bank for five years.
“I am on food stamps and I run out at the end of the month,” says Dugan.
Officials say 132 families face the same dilemma as Dugan.
One of the seven nuns who run Rendu takes Zumba classes. Recently, her class has decided to help out.
“We decided to have a Zumbathon because ‘Hunger is Scary,’” said Sr. Alice, referring to the name of the event.
If you would like to help the food pantry, visit their website here or call 724-277-8680.
Or if you would like to participate in the Zumbathon call: 724-736-8016 or 724-812-3295.