By: Senait Gebregiorgis, WESH channel 2

The empty shelves at Healing Hunger Food Pantry show just how high the demand is.

“We want each family to leave with a full week’s worth of groceries and that full week’s of groceries is 21 meals,” said Father Jose Rodriguez, with Christ the King Episcopal Church.

The pantry’s manager, Fidel Hernandez, said more than 200 families who come from different backgrounds are served each month.

“Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua and everywhere,” Hernandez said.

Rodriguez says the number will jump if displaced families from Puerto Rico come to Central Florida.

“We’re talking about our neighbors – some of them might live next door to you or across the street from you is bringing in a family member and now their home budget is pushed to the brim,” Rodriguez said. “They’re the ones that come and get the food here because they’re neighbors feeding families feeding friends.”

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