A Food Pantry is nearly empty at an eastern Kentucky homeless shelter.
Pikeville Homeless Shelter directors say more people are coming for meals, but they cannot afford the higher food prices to feed them all.
Shelter Directors are asking for the community's help.
They are holding a food drive, hoping to get enough donations so they do not have turn anyone hungry away.
Jeffrey Jagodzinski says he came to the Pikeville homeless shelter after he lost his job and then his home.
Shelter Director Sharon Yates fixes meals daily for people at the shelter, and lately, she is making more than normal.
“I've had a lot more people stop by this fall, I've had families just come up and say can we get food? They're not homeless, but they need food. I hadn't had that happen,” Sharon Yates said.
Now the shelter's three hot meals a day are in trouble.
The increased demand is emptying the pantry.
She says they cannot afford it; higher food prices are squeezing the budget.
“We feel the pinch there. When the economy takes a downturn, we immediately feel it at the homeless shelter,” Yates said.
“We don't want anybody to go hungry in this county,” Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford.
Some groups are holding a food drive to stock the shelves.
Yates says more people stay at the shelter in winter, and she expects more will need grocery help during Thanksgiving and Christmas. She hopes to help them all.
The food drive runs through all of November.
Donation boxes are set up in most grocery stores in Pikeville.