Local demand for family food assistance is at an all time high, according to Archie Jenkins, director of the Food OutReach Co-Op of Effingham.
“Last month local pantries in Effingham County served 601 families. That’s an all time high, and about 50 percent more than we averaged in 2008,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins said FORCE needs to raise money and food fast to serve a growing demand in the county. According to Jenkins, the approach of the holidays will drive demand up even higher at the food pantries.
F.O.R.C.E. is holding the Golfer’s Drive for Food, a fund and food raiser, Saturday at 8 a.m. at Lost Plantation Golf Club. Anyone interested in providing support for the event can drop off food items at Lost Plantation. Those interested in financial support can call Jenkins at (912) 663-2286.
“What people do not understand is that a donation of $100 is equivalent to about $500 of food through F.O.R.C.E.,” he said.