With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, Jefferson County food charities are looking for donations to meet the need.
According to this, food insecurity in Louisville is now higher than before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Data from the Greater Louisville Project. Their report, released in September, found that about 100,000 residents were food insecure in the past year.
From 2014 to 2019, food insecurity declined as wages increased. But the number of needy residents has skyrocketed during the pandemic, and with inflation and rising cost of living impacting families across the county, the need is not abating.
Alexus Richardson, communications director at Dare to Care Food Bank, said food insecurity does not discriminate.
“It affects people who are everyday, working-class people,” she said. “It affects people like seniors. One in eight seniors is currently facing food insecurity.”
Dare to Care has more than 300 partners in the Kentuckiana area, including food supplies, shelters, and faith communities. Dare to Care collects food donations from individuals, businesses and farms and distributes these donations to its partner agencies.
Many Louisville pantries offer special meal packages for needy families on Thanksgiving.
The Louisville Salvation Army is is currently accepting donations for his turkey drive and is looking for volunteers to help feed the people on Thanksgiving. After a multi-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Central Louisville Community Ministries Accepting monetary donations to cover the increased cost of turkeys for his big turkey giveaway.
While many people feel the urge to donate around the holidays, it’s important to note that families experience food insecurity year-round, Richardson said. She said nonprofits and pantries always rely on donations and volunteers.
“We rely entirely on volunteers, as do many of our partners,” Richardson said. “Our mobile panties work because of our volunteers. They are the ones bringing the food to our needy neighborhoods.”
Here are some local organizations that provide meals to people with food insecurity:
Louisville Salvation Army
Central Louisville Community Ministries
809 South 4th St. (inside the First Unitarian Church)
Highland Community Ministries
1228 East Breckinridge St.
Center for Lay Services
213 East Maple St., Jeffersonville, Indiana
Council of the Interfaith Community
1200 Bono Road, New Albany, Indiana
You can also go online Locate Dare to Care partner panties near you or call 211 for Metro United Way’s information and referral service.