Local outreach running short on food

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- An outreach program meant to help feed low income lowcountry residents is struggling through a sweltering summer.

Officials at East Cooper Community Outreach says (ECCO) is in critical need of emergency food. Summer demands have depleted the supply of food for its clients who face crisis situations.

"We're still seeing people who are being laid off and people who are unemployed and they're down to asking for emergency food and if we can't help them it just breaks our heart.{} It just breaks what we're all about," said Executive Director Jack Little.

The outreach is trying to deal with a drop off in donations that typically comes during the summer months.

"I've been here 15 years and every summer's the same," said Paul Suchy, warehouse manager.

Suchy says people are not only on vacation, but the families of kids who rely on free lunches have to look elsewhere during the summer months.

Food items needed include: peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, crackers, canned beans, rice, pork and beans, and dry soup. Toiletry items include shampoo, deodorant and bath soap.

East Cooper Community Outreach is located at 1145 Six Mile Road in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina. Those seeking information on how to donate or looking for details on how to host a food drive can call 849-9220 or head to the ECCO website.