While many of you may be getting ready for Christmas dinner, many in our area will go hungry this holiday season. Demand at the Central Virginia food bank is on the rise.
FeedMore is hoping the holiday spirit will motivate you to give because over the last six months the amount of food distributed to the needy has increased by twenty percent. We're told there's potential for that trend to continue in the new year.
Even the day before Christmas, volunteers were working hard at the food bank. FeedMore CEO Douglas Pick says for them, the situation is a perfect storm.
"There's a certain level of frustration because lately we feel like we're climbing a sand hill," he described.
There are theories as to how we got here.
"The working poor are having a really difficult time coming out of this recession," Pick explained. "Some of the cuts have been made in order in some people's minds to try and save some money and try to help on the budget within the government."
At the same time, donations are almost static, unable to keep up with the need that usually goes up during the holiday season.
If you're feeling the giving spirit on Christmas Day, the food bank is actually closed. You can make a monetary donation online or find drop boxes at FeedMore or at your local grocery store.
"There's so many folks sitting at home with family who have come from out of town, so many folks who are so blessed with what they have," Pick stated. "Our real hope and our desire is that they look at that and with their gratitude understand that they can continue to give back."
The top five most needed items you can give are peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, canned green beans and corn, canned peaches and hamburger helper.
Pick adds the worst case scenario has already started.
"I was at a couple of food pantries just recently where we normally feed 150 families and unfortunately there was fifty additional families who had to leave empty handed," he recalled.
The food pantry operated by Commonwealth Catholic Charities is also seeing an increased need. You can donate to that organization's location on Willow Lawn Drive, as well.
If you want more information on how to help or want to donate, go to All Access.
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