Holidays bring newcomers to food banks - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Holidays bring newcomers to food banks

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The holidays continue to bring a new face to those in need this year.  Food banks around the country say they are seeing folks this year that they have never seen before.  That includes food banks right here in Birmingham.  "We've probably shipped 1.3 million more pounds than this time last year," says Larry Logan, executive director of the United Way Community Food Bank, Inc.  "And that reflects more people coming to food pantries."  Logan says the new clients are everyone from middle management to laborers.  "They come from all walks of life," he says.  

Officials with the Salvation Army say since May, they have seen 200 new clients per month.  That's a 25-percent increase over last year.  "It's not just people on the street," says Tree Davidson, a spokesperson for the Salvation Army.  "It's neighbors, friends, church members.  They're in need as well.  It breaks your heart."  

Logan, with the food bank, says he he's concerned things will get worse before they get better. "I feel until the first six months things will continue to escalate."  He and officials with the Salvation Army continue to encourage others to give.  "Who knows, it may be you next year.  When each person gives a little it's not so hard on one person."

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