The holidays are usually a time to celebrate with family and of course...food.
For some Wiregrass residents however, the table may be empty this season.
The Wiregrass Area Food Bank has met their holiday food distribution goals every year..
This year however, organizers may have to turn needy families away.
“We have a very very severely increased need for food during the holiday season this year. We have more people needing now than we ever have before,” said Wiregrass Area Food Bank Organizer, Julia Gonzalez.
“Although these shelves behind me look stocked, food drive organizers say they only have half of what they need,” said reporter Danielle Eldredge.
“There are so many more people out of jobs this year than last. There are so many more people who are having hard times this year than last year,” said Gonzalez.
Food drive organizers say they can't keep up with the demand. They've already bought $10,000 worth of turkeys but need $10,000 more.
“Please please please donate frozen turkeys for the holidays,” said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez says if the food bank doesn't meet their goal this season, there will be devastating effects.
“Even if you're going through a hard time financially you can still gather with your family and celebrate the holidays and be thankful for what you have as far as your family, your friends, your health and when you take that final straw away from people it just creates a sense of desperation,” said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez says the increased need for something as basic as food, shows the poor state of our local economy.
“The economy may be turning around in the north and it may be turning around for other folks but here people are just starting to feel the effects of it,” said Gonzalez.
Until this year, the highest rate of food distribution for the bank was last year, at 2.8 million pounds of food.
This year they are expecting the final rate to be about 1 million pounds more.
If you'd like to donate, you can find the food drive closest to you under the "4 more info" tab on our webchannel.