(WICHITA, Kan.) — The Kansas Food Bank is preparing for a busy holiday season. The charity gathers food donations, which are then given to other charities for distribution to those in need.
Brian Walker with the Food Bank says demand has been up all year long, and he expects even greater need as we head into the holidays.
Walker says the Food Bank is on par to distribute 10.5 million pounds of food this year.
He says they always see a spike during the holidays and it's not just because organizations want to provide better meals during the holidays. During the winter months, many run into problems with heating bills or medical bills eating away at their food budgets.
As for donations, Walker says food donations are down 10-15% this year. That forces them to spend more money purchasing foods to make up for the difference.
He says anyone who wants to donate food, money or time is encouraged to contact the Kansas Food Bank.