Increasing demand straining Second Harvest's resources

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Over the last four years Second Harvest food bank has had to nearly double the amount of food they provide to people throughout their service area, but with recent food stamp cuts it will take more help from the community to help those in need.

"If we didn't have it there are things my kids would go without," Rachel Lentes said.

Lentes is a mother of four.

"It's not really affordable anymore. It's more of a need," she said.

A little while ago she was in a pretty tough spot but she was able to turn to Second Harvest for help.

"It just keeps us on budget and then on top of that having to do the health care now on top of it being required that is huge for us that is taking a huge chunk out of the budget," she explained.

Her situation is all too common and Second Harvest does a lot of good for a lot of people just like her, but in the near future they will be struggling to keep up with the increasing demand.

"We believe we will continue to see this level of need or more," Melissa Cloninger with Second Harvest said.

Cloninger referred to the 'Before School' breakfast program at the Northeast Youth Center in Hillyard as an example. Wednesday was oatmeal day.

"Many of those kids, after school lunch, no they won't see another meal until the next morning at the youth center," she explained.

That's pretty tough to think about but it shows just how much work Second Harvest does and how much of the community's help they need.

"It's only because of the community support that we are able to do any of the work that we do," Cloninger said.

The food bank will work to provide around 400,000 additional meals over the next two months -- that's around 20 or 30 meals per family per month.-- in order to supplement what families won't have because of cuts to food stamps.