A local food bank says their shelves mirror a national study regarding hunger. The report shows the number of people requesting emergency food assistance has increased by eight percent since 2001.
Second Harvest of the Big Bend staff point to an overall higher cost of living from hurricane expenses to an increase in gas prices.
Executive Director of Second Harvest of the Big Bend Denise Griewisch says, "People in their daily lives, they're no longer able to afford as much as they had been, so they decide, 'do we pay the rent or do we eat food?' And that means we have more clients going to our pantries in the local community."
To make matters worse, local canned food drives recorded a seven ton decrease in donations last year. For more information on how you can most effectively help fight hunger, call (850) 562-3033.