"Katrina Effect" Being Felt at Local Food Banks

By: Adam Vasallo
By: Adam Vasallo

Workers at the Thomas County Food Bank enjoy what they do, but say they need the help of local residents more than ever this year.

Thomas County Food Bank volunteer Kirk Beckham says, "We have so many people out there hungry in Thomas County, just like they do everywhere else in the world, and we can fill a need here that we can't fill some where else."

Nationwide, many are calling it the Katrina effect. After an outpour of giving following the disastrous hurricane season, local charities like the Thomas County Food Bank say there are fewer donations than usual this holiday season.

Thomas County Food Bank President Maryline Smith says, "We have clients just in Thomas County, and Thomas County supports us, but due to all the other incidents in our nation, people have reached out to them also, so our funding has been a little bit less this year than in the past for this reason I think."

But whether donations increase or not, workers at the Thomas County Food Bank say they'll find a way to keep their shelves stocked and serve those in need as best they can this holiday season.

If you'd like to make a donation to the Thomas County Food Bank, stop by their Thomasville office located at 430 North Broad Street.

America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend and south Georgia also say this year's holiday donations are low. To make a donation, you can call 850-562-3033


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