Second Harvest continues to be concerned about reaching its Holiday Food and Fund Drive goal of $11.3 million and 1.6 million pounds of food. The drive raises nearly half of the food bank's annual revenue.
According to staff, the food bank has only raised about $4.5 million as of mid-December. Donations of food are down about 12 percent.
"We truly appreciate the support we have received from the community since the recession began. Unfortunately, we are serving more people than ever before and we must meet our revenue goal to feed hungry people all year long," CEO Kathy Jackson said in a statement.
She said the number of people served by Second Harvest has increased nearly 50 percent since 2007, to about one in 10 people in the two counties. The food bank puts peanut butter, canned tuna, beans, stew and other protein items on its most needed list, preferably in pop-top cans as many of the people served are homeless or don't have kitchens.
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