FAIRFIELD - Local food pantries and charities are bracing for the slow winter donation season.

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield says contributions slow down once January rolls around.

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Executive Director Kate Lombardo says that most people view late fall and early winter holidays as the season of giving.

She says the food bank goes through more of their supply during the holiday season because part-time workers, who are off during the holidays, need their services.

Right now the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield has about 400,000 pounds of food in house. By next month that stock is estimated to be cut in half and continue to shrink over the following months.

This winter, the food bank expects that there will be more demand than usual because of the cuts to the federal food stamp program that are set to take effect in January.