Food banks struggle to keep up with demand
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, the demand has been very high.
Since wages have been cut and mining operations around the region have been shuttered, and other companies are outright pulling out of Kentucky, 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.