Food pantries feel the pinch of recent layoffs

Food pantries throughout southeastern Kentucky are feeling the effects of recent layoffs in the coal industry.

It's simple supply and demand. The amount of food that gets shipped out of God's Pantry East Food Bank fluctuates with the number of people who are unemployed and need the assistance. Lately, both numbers have been high.

Since a loss of wages, some companies are pulling out of Kentucky, the increase for food has been great.

God’s Pantry officials say the need for food has tripled.

Just last week, Alpha Natural Resources laid off 150 employees.

Cam Mining let go about 200 temporarily.

Richard Burchett of Home Mission Food Pantry says cutbacks like these in the coal industry have driven up the demand for low-income food services.

“Yea I'd say a lot of that is because the more that's laid off, the more increase you're going to have to give out,” Burchett said.


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