PINEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The food bank room at the Lighthouse Ministries building in Pineville is not as full as it normally is. Directors say the recent freezing temperatures caused a drop in donations and higher demand for help.
"A lot of families have been in need, struggling to pay their electric bills and so a lot of times, they'll spend their money on things like that and not able to purchase food and stuff," said Sharon Teaney, Mission Director at Lighthouse Ministries.
Lighthouse Ministries is on pace to hand out around 300 food boxes this month, which directors say is an increase this new year due to coal layoffs and more elderly people on fixed incomes. They also say donations decreased after the Christmas holidays.
"People are in the giving spirit at Christmas but we're here year round. This is 24 hours, seven days a week," said Teaney.
Lighthouse Ministries needs non-perishable food items, hygiene products, cleaning supplies, or money donations.
The need is increasing, and funding has decreased, so it is a big need for us right now to have funding to be able to keep our ministry open, to reach out to families that are in need," said Teaney.
She says they will continue to do whatever they can to help everyone who needs it.
Anyone who wants to make a donation can drop it off at any Lighthouse Ministries building in Pineville off of US-119 or the shelter in downtown Pineville.
People who want a food box can apply at the food bank on US-119 by Page School.