Hunger is a world wide problem and in the Imperial Valley the problem ha become worse over the years because of the economy and unemployment.
The number of people that the Imperial Valley Food Bank feeds has tripled since 2008. They say that every donation counts.
A dollar provides 10 pounds of food that feeds seven people. "Every dollar whatever 50 cents it all makes a difference. There are more and more people. The lines are getting longer and longer," Gerald Vindiola said.
Vindiola used to get his provision from the food bank now he works for them.
"I was grateful. That’s what I can say. Knowing that there was someone there that’s going to help you in your time of need," Vindiola said.
In 2008, the food bank was feeding 7000 now it’s up to 19,000 a month and by december they anticipate 21,000.
"We don’t turn people away. There’s just less food for those people," Director of the Food Bank Sara Griffen said.
Griffen says this is their busiest time because more people come back to The Valley.
While they appreciate one time donations they’d like to see more regular donations.
"We’re also looking for people not to just give a one time donation at Christmas but also to become part of our donor family throughout the year and support the Food Bank," Griffen said.
She reminds everyone that people go hungry everyday especially children and seniors.
"Particularly with our seniors medication. Once you pay your rent, utilities and medication, there’s very little left for food. We’ve heard too many stories of our seniors watering down food," Griffen said.
The Food Bank hopes that when you make a contribution you’ll keep them in mind.