Food bank hits record for demand

Sevier County Food Ministry says they

Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sevier County Food Ministry says they've hit an all-time high for the number of people who are needing food.

The ministry reports 1800 families who have been through the doors each week. That means they're sending out around 11,000 cans of food.

"We're very fortunate that our community takes care of us, but it's getting pretty tight right now. And from the looks of our warehouse it's looking a bit thinner that it has in quite a while," said Jim Davis, Executive Director of the Food Ministry. "We've done as many as 700 bags in 6 hours. It was a couple of weeks ago on a Monday that we did 722 bags which is a bag every 30 seconds that went out our window."

Davis says there's a number of reasons adding to the increase. He says more people are out of work, those working have fewer hours, high power bills and the kids are home from school.

"When school is out they're not getting two meals at school, instead they're home and there's nothing left in the refrigerator and there's nothing left in the pantry," said Davis.

Davis says he's looking forward to several food drives that are going on in the coming weeks. Some theaters are offering discount admission for bringing in one can of food.

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