Second Harvest Food Bank says it is struggling to take care of those who need their help.
The organization says the number of people going hungry has grown and they don’t have enough trucks, employees or funding to help everyone in need.
They say right now, they are only able to meet the needs of 50 percent of those who need them in the 18 county area Second Harvest serves.
The numbers come from a survey by the group Feeding America.
“It’s an economic issue more than anything. Most of the folks we take care of are single moms and dads. They’re all working their butts off. They’ve got jobs; 95 percent of the folks we take care of live in their own home or apartment, so they’re all working folks, They’re just not making enough to cover what it costs to live today,” said Aaron Snukals with Second Harvest.
You can help those in need by donating to Second Harvest.
They are hosting a Thanksgiving lunch aboard The Mayflower at Calhoun’s on the River Tuesday at 1 p.m. The goal is to showcase agencies that distribute food in East Tennessee.