Food pantry numbers down slightly in '12

By W. WINSTON SKINNER
winston@newnan.com
The Coweta Community Food Pantry served a slightly lower number in 2012, compared with 2011.
Derenda Rowe, who directs the pantry, says she is not sure why the numbers are lower and what – if anything – those lower numbers say about Coweta’s economy. Rowe said the food pantry served about 18,000 people in 2012, down from a high of 20,000 in 2011.
“I don’t know what to attribute that to,” Rowe said.
She said some food pantry clients may have gone back to work and may no longer need food or may need it less frequently. Rowe also noted there are other groups distributing food.
Rowe also said pantry staff and volunteers encourage people to apply for food stamps. If more people have applied – and been approved – for food stamps, that could reduce the number of people coming to the pantry.
Rowe said the food pantry and One Roof have been requiring more documentation recently from people needing help. She said the food pantry is still serving 40-50 families most days.


More Local

Family, friends: Defendant is sleepwalker

Day four of the trial of Benjamin Tyler Gray for the alleged rape of a woman in Senoia saw his defense team call a DNA expert to the stand T ... Read More


Senoia Council

‘Walking Dead’ fence has to come down

The chain-link fence that has provided secure parking and storage for equipment used in the filming of “The Walking Dead” in dow ... Read More


Parent/Teacher Conferences

Ruth Hill to implement new model

Ruth Hill Elementary School was recently selected as one of 10 schools in Georgia to implement Academic Parent Teacher Teams, a new parent-t ... Read More


With restrictions, Jackson Street open

Traffic was being rerouted on Jackson Street around the University of West Georgia project in downtown Newnan earlier this week, but is now ... Read More


Defense draws judge’s ire in rape case

The trial of a Newnan man indicted for rape continued in Coweta County Superior Court early Monday. Attorneys were able to hear the testimon ... Read More

Rape Trial

Connections, memories part of testimony

Three witnesses were called to testify in Monday afternoon’s session of the trial of Benjamin Tyler Gray, 29, accused of rape after an ... Read More