Oak Park Food Pantry may need to close

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Oak Park Food Pantry has been in existence for more than 23 years. But due to lack of donations, volunteers fear they will have to close its doors to those in need by the end of 2011.

The Oak Park Food Pantry is located at 1611 17th Street near the corner of 17th Street and 2nd Avenue in Lake Charles, LA.  The pantry services the Lake Charles, Louisiana area between Lake Street, McNeese Street, 14th Street and Broad Street. The pantry provides food parcels to more than 170 families each month.

You must provide a utility bill in your name and social security numbers from all children 17 years and younger.

Originally there had been seven local churches and its congregations who keep the pantry going. But several of churches have seen their congregations dwindle and some churches have even closed its doors.

Volunteers say without the help of the local community, they will run out of food and supplies to provide families.

Checks should be made out to: Oak Park Food Pantry.

Checks and donations can be dropped off (or mailed to):

St. Margaret's Catholic Church: 337-439-4585

First Christian Church: 337-478-3034

First Presbyterian Church of Lake Charles: 337-433-4667

Pantry is open every Tuesday and Thursday for 1 hour only - between 8am - 9am.