People are filling up their fridges and preparing food for Thursday's Thanksgiving feast. But many people in our community are turning to food banks in record-breaking numbers for help.
KENNEWICK, WA - People are filling up their fridges and preparing food for Thursday's Thanksgiving feast. But many people in our community can't afford a big meal with their paychecks and they're turning to food banks in record-breaking numbers for help.
The Tri-Cities Food Bank in Kennewick helped more people Wednesday than they ever have before. In fact, this year the food bank served 193 families, far surpassing last year's record on the day before Thanksgiving of 118 customers.
Food bank managers say the food handed out Wednesday will feed almost 900 people and that doesn't even include the hundreds of people who came in earlier this week.
"Just seeing a lot more people than ever before because of the economy. People don't have work or the food stamp program has been cut back, for various reasons," Barbara Wells, volunteer.
Wells has volunteered at the food bank for five years and says she's never seen anything like it.
Michael Andrews is on disability pay and doesn't know what he'd do without the extra help.
"It's a good thing because right now towards the end of the month.So when you're on disability you get broke towards the end of the month," Andrews said.
The demand for help at local food banks keeps increasing and site managers say this month it's been constantly busy.
Just as fast as they stock the food, it goes out the door making the holiday a little happier for hundreds of families.
"It's great. It makes a smile on your face," Andrews said.
The food bank appreciates all the volunteers and donations that make it possible to help the large groups using the assistance.
They encourage people to continue donating and volunteer during this holiday season as they gear up for Christmas.