The ice storm not only left thousands of Louisvillians in the dark, but their refrigerators, too. Many who lost food simply couldn’t afford to replace it, instead turning to food pantries. Food bank warehouse Dare to Care gave out thousands of extra pounds of food. But spokesperson Annette Ball says demand for help was already high before the storm hit.
“Not including the requests from the storm, we’ve had about a 30% increase over the past year,” says Ball.
Ball says most of that increase comes from working families. And most are seeking food aid for the first time. Ball says requests continue to go up.