MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - The food pantry is nearly empty at one Eastern Kentucky charity.
More families are looking for help at the Cooperative Christian Ministry in Bell County, but donations are down.
Workers are asking for donations so no one will go hungry.
"This shelf and up top are normally full. This won't even go one week," Executive Director Pat Stanley said while showing WYMT the food pantry.
Directors at Cooperative Christian Ministry say more people need help with food this month due to layoffs and other financial issues.
"Just an estimate, I'd say we've seen thirty new clients this month that we've not had before," said Ashley Skidmore, Food Pantry Coordinator.
They are on track to help feed 200 families in January, which is more than double from January last year.
"It's going to be a rough year I'm afraid, and the Lord doesn't want anyone to go hungry and neither do we," said Stanley.
While demand has increased, donations have decreased.
"I would hate to turn a client away because we don't have food," said Skidmore.
They are asking for donations so they can continue to feed families on hard times.
"We need the community to work together to help us," said Skidmore.
Workers say even just donating one or two items makes a big difference towards feeding someone.
"Anything helps because it all adds up," said Stanley.
They hope to stock the shelves soon, so no one goes hungry in Middlesboro.
You can drop off donations at Cooperative Christian Ministry at 2124 Cumberland Avenue in Middlesboro.
They also accept money. For more information, you can call 606-248-8022.