North Country food pantries get emergency help to cope with rising numbers

WATERTOWN, NY – The city of Watertown this week granted two food pantries' requests for special funding to buy more emergency food aid.

The pantries say they always see more need in summer, when children on free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches don't receive those meals.

But WRVO North Country reporter Joanna Richards tells us a slow economy and rising costs means these nonprofit groups are struggling to keep up with increased demand for their services.