RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - One in every five children in central Virginia is hungry. The Central Virginia Food Bank is there to help, but the down economy is making it harder to keep people above water this holiday season.
As people pack hundreds of bags for kids, other organizations are packing their carts with food to feed people who would otherwise go hungry this Christmas.
One in six people in Central Virginia is considered hungry. Carrie Knighton is collecting food to feed hundreds of people at her church. She focuses a lot of her attention on the elderly.
"People have to serve and make sure they are fed," said Knighton. "Our elderly also need to be serviced and they need to be fed."
The food bank has a big role in providing food for people in 31 counties in Central Virginia. That's about 100,000 people a month. It costs the facility roughly $11 million a year to operate. Some of those overhead expenses include refrigerating the food, cooking and delivering it.
"The giving spirit has been fabulous and that's the wonderful thing about this place," said FeedMore Philanthropy President, Gayle Haglund. "While we're hanging in there and hopeful, we're also a little bit nervous in terms to provide what's needed."
At the same time, it's seeing cut backs in the number of people who are usually able to donate. The food bank is always accepting non-perishable food such as peanut butter, tuna fish, and canned goods. They're small items that could make a difference to people of all ages.
"You get them a small present, but if you don't have food to put on the table, a present means nothing," Knighton added.
"Even though the food bank needs donations especially during the holidays, they need them all year.
If you'd like to make financial donation, visit www.feedmore.org.