Local food pantries gear up for winter weather and the holiday season

ABCD Deputy Field Director Ivana Serret and Operations Manager Joane Guzman of ABCD Roxbury/N. Dorchester Neighborhood Opportunity Center. PHOTO: ABCD BOSTON

As Bostonians bundle up and hunker down for the winter months, local food pantries are seeing an influx of need from families and individuals across the city.

Food insecurity rates have fluctuated statewide since the pandemic, but statistics imply that a wintertime spike could occur this year.

“This time of year is especially hard for families,” said Joane Guzman, operations manager at Action for Boston Community Development’s Roxbury/North Dorchester Neighborhood Opportunity Center.

Food pantries across Massachusetts are seeing a large increase in need this holiday season as more local families are trying to make ends meet, WGBH reported recently.

The pantry shelves were bare at Bread and Roses Community Kitchen and Food Pantry in Lawrence, with officials there reporting that the need for food has