Local Food Banks Face More Hunger

By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email
By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email

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Wednesday, October 15, 2009

More hungry families are needing help. In this new economy, local food banks are having trouble keeping up with the growing need.

The Kansas Food Bank is still getting about the same amount of food donations. The problem is there are now so many more people who need help.

At food bank shelves are still too empty. Demand from hungry families is up 30% this year.

"Last month alone we distributed 100,000 pounds more than the same period last year," said Kansas Food Bank President and CEO Brian Walker.

The need is expected to grow over the holiday season. Because they're not getting enough food donations, the bank has had to buy food. It spent $1 million last year, this year $70,000 more than that.

"But donated food is what we need it's a lot less expensive to operate when we can distribute donated food," said Walker.

And money can run out. That's what's happening at the Bread of Life food pantry.

"Last month we were open four days and three of those four days we served well over a thousand people," said Bread Of Life Director Donna Pinaire.

Area food banks are expecting to see this increase in need into next year until the economy starts turning around.

"People just can't afford to keep the food on the table," said Pinaire.

To donate to the Kansas Food Bank people can either go online to www.ksfoodbank.org or send money to 1919 E. Douglas Wichita, KS, 67117.

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