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Food Stamp back-up stretches food pantries

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Food pantries in the east are struggling to keep their shelves stocked as thousands of families still aren't getting their food stamps.

At food pantries like the Hope of Glory in Greenville, food is on a revolving door, it goes out their doors the same day they get it.

 “It's tough to hear the need of a family knowing that it's because some other place is lacking.” Mandi Stewart said.

Since the state crossed over into the "North Carolina Families Through Technology" or NC FAST system, thousands are struggling to find food. Social service departments are sending them elsewhere.

"We try to refer them to food banks and some churches that have outreach connections for help." Pitt County Social Services Director George Perry said.

For Hope of Glory that means serving twice the amount of families they normal serve. "With the new emergencies from the lack of food stamps, we are trying to keep our appointments and trying to keep folks in order to give the right amount of food to the right amount of folks." Stewart said.

Rationing is key. On Wednesday, the ministry had to buy an extra pallet of food just to get through the day. Volunteers are constantly stacking their shelves.

In Pitt County, they hope to have the last 1200 cases entered by the end of September. 

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