Local food banks face critical food shortages ahead of holidays - WKRN News 2

Local food banks face critical food shortages ahead of holidays


Some Mid-State food banks are facing critical food shortages just as the number of people looking for help is growing.

The emergency food bank at the Martha O'Bryan Center in east Nashville has experienced a 60% uptick in need over the last couple of days.

"We had a delivery truck in on Friday. It was gone in a couple of hours and Monday the same thing happened," said Marsha Edwards, CEO of the Martha O'Bryan Center.

The Martha O'Bryan Center relies on Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee to keep its shelves stocked all year but especially during the cold winter months when demand is great.

President and CEO Jaynee Day told Nashville's News 2 because there have been cutbacks from the federal government, the organization is depending more and more on community support.

"In November when the food stamp cuts or better known as SNAP cuts went into effect, we've started seeing our numbers increase. The demand is starting to go up and we're feeling the impact of those cuts," said Day.

The Martha O'Bryan Center doesn't want to turn people away but may have to just days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Anyone who would like to help can do so by making a donation to the Martha O'Bryan Center or to Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee

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