A foundation serving the homeless in Columbus said it expected the number of families helped this year could be higher than last year's.
The Homeless Families Foundation said last year it served 240 families, which included 450 children. It's research shows numbers for 2012 could surpass that.
The Foundation said so far 52 families had been served by its food pantry. It expected the pantry to be barren by the end of October.
"In the six years that I've been here, this is the first time that I've run out of food," said Adrienne Corbette with the Homeless Families Foundation. "It tells me we've got way too many homeless families in our system. That there are people who are truly struggling to make it work."
Foundation workers said homeless families that visit the food pantry were typically given four days worth of food, utensils and bedding.
The Foundation said it sent out a critical needs alert and asked the public to donate anything possible, especially as winter approached. Anyone wishing to help can call 614- 461-9247.
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