(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The weather is getting colder, which means overall donations are in hot demand in St. Joseph.
At The Grace House-owner Ruth Costello is concerned about the greater need already this year.
"We are seeing over 240 people a day, we've seen about 170 people so far today and it's barely noontime so it's pretty scary," Costello said.
Costello adds that many people she sees on a daily basis are homeless without jobs and have families.
"I think the need has increased in the community, there are more people, there are people moving in from other states that come with nothing so it's crucial right now," Costello said.
Second Harvest Community Food Bank knows that this year means more demand to fight food insecurity every day and on Thanksgiving at the turkey distribution.
"The need we recognized is much greater this year so we have made available 300 additional turkeys for the turkey distribution. We do about an average of 250 families a day and with this turkey distribution with the 1,500 cards that go out, that will equal to 31 hundred individuals getting a Thanksgiving meal," Chad Neff, Second Harvest Community Food Bank Director of Programs.
Additionally, both non-profit organizations agree that this time of year is bittersweet.
"This is sad and a good time of year for us because the need is so high and it's kind of hard to deal with but being able to deal with it in the way that we can with our donors and how good they are to us, we're able to help a lot of folks out," Neff said.
"A part of it, I feel good that we can serve them but I just panic if we run out. Last year, we caught ourselves running out and buying a couple of coats because kids needed them. We are seeing a lot of kids early morning as well as high-schoolers that are coming in and don't have a warm coat," Costello said.
To receive clothing and food from The Grace House, according to Costello all that is needed is a photo ID.
The Grace House is located at 2638 Lafayette Street.
The Second Harvest Community Food Bank SNAP Outreach Team can help determine if you are eligible for food assistance services.
Call the SNAP hotline at 844-803-3663 or click here to email.
Second Harvest Community Food Bank is located at 915 Douglas Street.
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