WAYNE, N.J. (1010 WINS) – With Thanksgiving just days away, food pantries across the area are empty.

The shelves are empty at the Packanack Community Church, but officials there remain hopeful as donations slowly came in on Sunday morning, 1010 WINS Glenn Schuck reports.

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Marianne Hydock came in with several bags from her pantry and said that with so many people out of work, she had to donate.

“It’s just so sad and I just can’t believe that a country with so much… it’s just heartbreaking,” she said. “Everybody has a half hour. They can just go through their pantry. Everybody knows somebody that’s been affected by the economy.”

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She also said that despite a busy supermarket and a beautiful home, people are still struggling.

“These are beautiful homes in our area, but behind those beautiful doors, there are so many people that are hurting and there are kids that are hurting. The Stop and Shop and the Shop Rite might seem like they’re busy, but so many people have food stamps. These are just awful times for America. It’s sad.”

Another woman stopped by and donated two bags of items for the pantry. She hopes that more will come for the pantry and said that she had a message for those in need.

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“I hope life gets better for you. I know it’s a hard time for you and I hope everything improves,” she said.