CrossRoads food pantry and shelter at risk of closing

September 26, 2022 | 12:10 am

Updated September 26, 2022 | 10:31 am


CrossRoads, a local nonprofit striving to alleviate the symptoms of poverty, is at risk of closing. The organization was established in 2006 to create an interdependent network of individuals and organizations to combat poverty and homelessness in the area. 

Volunteer public relations director Caleb Farkas said several factors play a role in the shelter’s ability to remain open. He cited general economic struggles related to the pandemic as a primary concern. 

“Financially, one of our biggest struggles is that we’ve lost out on some grants we typically receive,” Farkas said. “Organizations have been unable to donate as they have in the past because of their own economic struggles, and the public’s needs are greater than they’ve ever been.”

CrossRoads operates as a food pantry by day and a shelter for women and children by night. The organization serves more than 1,000 people per week out of the pantry and provides hot meals and shelter to more than 100 individuals per week. 

They also provide food to 500 seniors through a grant-funded program. Farkas said they could always use extra volunteers. 

“We have one paid employee and the rest are entirely volunteer, so the more the better; that’s what keeps us afloat,” he said. “The public’s needs are exceeding our resources at the moment, and we can always use volunteers to help oversee children during the evenings and nights.”

Restaurants or individuals can sign up to provide a hot meal via the group’s Facebook page here. Additional information, volunteer opportunities, and shelter needs are also available on Facebook. 

To help, call 270-240-2773, reach out on Facebook, or email [email protected].

September 26, 2022 | 12:10 am

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