This year, Second Harvest of South Georgia is experiencing a nearly 80 percent increase in food distribution.
In part because Georgians are having to spend more on heating bills, they have less for food.
Second Harvest reaches 30 Georgia counties and expects to serve six million more people than last year.
"A lot of people that we serve are out of work right now," said Frank Richards, the CEO of Second Harvest of South Georgia. "All those pieces and parts are putting together the scenario where more and more people are having to visit the food pantry lines."
For the first time, Valdosta's food bank will not close the last two weeks of the year.
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