Reporter: Emily Curl
The aisles in the Madison County Food Bank are getting more and more crowded, but the groceries on the shelves are not increasing with the demand.
The Madison County Food Bank has seen a significant increase in people in the community needing help, but a decrease in supplies.
Bobbie Rooker, the Director, In 2012 alone, they saw around 900 people. This time in July, August, and September this year they have helped almost 700 individuals.
The blame is placed on the economy and the unstable job market.
Ryan Melton, the Family Connection Coordinator for Madison County, says the food bank fills in the gap when there are emergency situations- like a job loss.
Tracy Morgan volunteered for 8 years and currently works there, and she has personally been in her client’s shoes. She loves getting to welcome them to the food bank and seeing them smile.
The Food Bank also does other programs: Senior Citizen Paper Bag Groceries, a Victory Garden (which provides fresh vegetables to the selection), and even a Christmas Program for kids ages 0-12.
The entire program is run off of donations, so they are always accepting food, money, and your time. Volunteers are always welcome too.
The dates and times they are open are as follows:
Tuesday 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Wednesday 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Thursday 8:00AM – 4:00PM