Nov 24, 2009 8:52 AM by Megan Shiering

High food demand, Low Supply

One in every eight Louisianans can't afford to put food on their table. With the holidays upon us, those individuals are looking for help more than ever and so are the organizations that can make that happen.

Second Harvest Food Bank statewide will provide almost 4 million fewer meals this year than they did last year that's why they are asking people who can help to donate.

The organization has seen a 61 percent increase in the need for food this year.

"The fact that we have unemployment and under employment has caused a bigger increase for the community," said a Spokeswoman for Second Harvest

Officials with Second Harvest say help is needed everyday to feed the hungry but with the holidays here that need is even greater. Food drives, volunteers and monetary donations are crucial.

"One dollar can feed four people," said the spokeswoman.

Maria Placer, Executive Director of 232-HELP in Lafayette says this year they've only been able to give 10 families a complete Thanksgiving meal because of a lack of donations

"We would like to do more but haven't had many people come forth," said Maria Placer.

The Acadiana information and referral service says they're trying to keep up with the demand but that's not going to happen without the supply.



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