How the Niles Community Center is helping close the inflation gap

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) — Rising food, gas and energy prices are a problem throughout the Valley. We reported this week on its impact on buyers and is particularly difficult for people with low incomes, but some agencies are working to help in this area. last hour of need.

Niles Community Center manager Jean Williams said the increase was not staggering but noticeable. Niles Community Services helps 250-300 families per month. He also has clothes and can help with all basic humanitarian services. The pantry is open to residents of Niles, McDonald, Mineral Ridge and Weathersfield.

“We are here to help them as best we can, and they are adapting. They will have to adapt,” Williams said.

Williams said his clients weren’t getting extra money like they had last year. More stimulus checks.

Higher utilities or rent leads to a busted budget where they need help. Niles Community Services has been providing assistance since 1923.

“Imagine a wheel. This church might pick up tuna, this one might pick up pasta. Maybe these people are collecting juice and they’re all donating to this agency,” Williams said.

The center will purchase 15,000 pounds of food per month from Second Harvest. Volunteers will prepare bags of food for everyone who comes in and asks for it. It includes all the basic foods: protein, fruit, soup, meat and even butter.

“You can make meals with what we give you. Feed yourself for the month? Absolutely not, but it helps. It helps you stretch your food dollars,” Williams said.

There are also churches in Niles that sponsor community meals on Thursdays. Many people will come here to supplement the help they receive from Niles Community Services.

The Niles Community Center is located at 401 Vienna Avenue, Niles. For more information, call 330-652-6412.

Jill E. Washington