WILLISTON, N.D. — A food pantry in the middle of the North Dakota oil patch was depleted to six cans of peas and four cans of carrots before the shelves were restocked for the weekend.
The Salvation Army food shelf in Williston is the city's main source for canned goods and nonperishable food items. It serves at least 20 families a week.
Salvation Army Captain Joshua Stansbury said that the oil boom has quadrupled the amount of people who come to the food pantry. The center used to serve about 25 people a week. Now the food bank sees that many people in one day.
Salvation Army officials say they receive regular donations from large grocery stores in town, but they remain in need of donations to keep the shelves stocked. Stansbury said the inventory is especially low on canned and frozen meats.
And the center needs people to help.
"We always need volunteers," Stansbury said. "Many agencies refer people to us."