Food bank shelves starving for food

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The shelves at the local food bank are starving for food. This, as we head into the busiest time of the year and those in need increase.

More and more people are looking to food banks for help, especially in this tough economy. But, if you take a look at the shelves, they are practically empty. Heading into the holiday season, it's important to remember the people who need this food the most.

Volunteers are busy just hours before Thanksgiving morning. But the food is leaving this food bank quicker than it's coming in.

"We've never seen the amount of food we're distributing like we're seeing right now," says FeedMore CEO Fay Lohr.

Leaders at FeedMore are scrambling. Since July alone, distribution is up nearly 50 percent.

"It's like we can't keep up with it. It's a constant stream," says Lohr.

The result of that constant stream is emptier shelves. That's not good news for more than 100,000 people the bank feeds each month.

"What we need is left over canned fruit if it's in it's own juices, leftover rice or any kind of protein product," adds Fay.

All you need to do is check the expiration date on the food and make sure it's not opened or damaged.

The food bank just gave away more than 7,000 turkey's and still didn't meet the demand.

So now is the perfect time for you to take a look around your home and help refill these shelves.

"We just got to keep it coming in!" exclaims Fay. "If I didn't live in such a giving community, I don't know if I can keep up the food fight."

Now you may have some leftovers from the big Thanksgiving feast tomorrow. While the Food Bank won't be open, a big drop box outside the food bank will be. Even the littlest of donations can go a long way.

The food bank is located at 1415 Rhoadmiller Street right here in Richmond.

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