Lake County’s Food Share warehouse held their annual food basket distribution for the Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
According to the warehouse’s manager, Joe Wright, a total of 234 food baskets were distributed that day, starting around mid-morning and continuing into the early afternoon.
Wright said these baskets represented about 3,931.2 pounds of food, inclusive of all the necessary fixings to put together a tasty Thanksgiving meal for folks in need. A total of 607 individuals were served by this year’s food box distribution, he said.
Wright noted a particular trend this year of an increase in family sizes versus single or couples seeking food boxes for the holiday.
While the overall number of baskets as a whole was on par with last year, numbers increased of families of three, four or five members served by the food boxes, Wright said.
Wright also said that, in recent months, there has been a marked increase in food bank usage locally.
“More and more of them are families,” he said, noting that the Lake County Food Share client membership is currently on the rise.
“I’d say we have at least three times as normal coming in,” he said. “The economy has got to be playing a big part in it.”
Local Boy, Girl and Cub Scouts held a food donation drive in mid-November, which collected an estimated 1,550 pounds of food, Wright said.
At one point in the day, the warehouse ran out of turkeys, he said, and switched to chickens and ground beef as backup elements for the food boxes.
The Lake County Food Share committee was slated to meet on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to discuss plans for its Christmas food box distribution.
The Lake County Food Share warehouse, located at 247 N. N St., is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information, call 541-947-3222.