RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Hunger is at a record high in Central Virginia and local food pantries need your help. Nearly 17,000 people are now being fed by the CVFB each week. The numbers are up an alarming 30 percent in the past six months.
Nearly half of the clients here at the CVGB say they have to make a choice between paying for food and paying for utilities like heat, and especially this time of year, those who work here say that's a choice no one should have to make.
Some bins are full, while others sit empty. And the sad truth is, the biggest two groups in need of these shelves filling up are children and the elderly.
"These are our most vulnerable populations who have no choice about the circumstances they are in, so they deserve everything we can do to help them," said Fay Lohr, Feedmore CEO.
Officials say she knows there are so many needs out there, and it's hard for the people who are able to help to choose their cause. So, she asks that you think about this message.
"Hunger is 365 days a year, these beautiful children we are asking you to help are our future, and the frail, homebound elderly, they worked hard and served all of us for many years, so these are our two frail populations, and they really, really need our help," Lohr said.
The Central Virginia Food Bank serves 31 counties and 5 cities. For more info on how you can help, you can visit the organization's website, linked at right.