KENNEWICK, Wash.-- With Thanksgiving approaching, the Tri-Cities Food Bank says more people are coming through their doors this year looking for help to feed their families.
The Kennewick branch of the Tri-Cities Food Bank is packed this time of year. There was a long line of people Tuesday crowded inside trying to stay out of the rain and get enough food to feed their families. The food bank said the food just can't come in fast enough because it's going out the door just as quickly.
"More than last year in terms of volume of food that we're distributing during the holidays. It's going to be representative I think of the whole year of 2012 and what we're going to be seeing in 2013, which is more and more demand," said John Neill, Executive Director Tri-Cities Food Bank.
The Tri-Cities Food Bank has locations in Kennewick, Richland and Benton City where people in need stop to pick up food to help keep their families from going hungry.
Neill says they will feed around 15,000 people over the holidays. That's about 18 tons of food a week.
"Food banks this morning in particular are just absolutely packed and tomorrow will be even crazier busy than it is today," Neill said.
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, the need becomes even greater. As many as 100 families per day stop by each food bank location.
Albertsons is doing what they can to help. They've set up donation bins at each cash register and the money helps to purchase more food.
"A lot of customers that come through the line and every single time that they go through the line, they know that they're going to be asked, so they donate five dollars or ten dollars every time because obviously it's just a small thing but it goes a long way," said Cliff Rigsbee, Albertson Store Director.
At a time of year when we give thanks for what we have, we're also reminded to give back to help others in our community.
"We have to do what's right for our community. We're helping our friends. We're helping our neighbors," Rigsbee said.
"We're filling a basic need and that's providing food for their families. And we're glad to do it," Neill said.
If you want to give, you can drop off food at the Tri-Cities Food Bank locations or send in a check donation to 321 Wellsian Way Richland, WA 99352.