After big declines the past few years in the number of families who need help putting food on the table, food crises essentially flattened in Mecklenburg County this year. That's according to Loaves and Fishes, which has a network of 20 food pantries.
A volunteer rolled a shopping cart through the pantry at Camino Community Center on Tuesday. She was helping a family pick out a week's worth of food. This week, that included a turkey.
"That's a present for you, this pavo," the volunteer said, using the Spanish word for turkey.