Food distribution is growing at two local food pantries.
Charlie Myrick says the Ivy Bend Community Food Pantry serves about 185 families a month. Last weekend they were able to provide a special Christmas to forty families.
Myrick, who is the pantry president, says need is on the increase.
Across the lake in Rocky Mount, Visions Unlimited at the Rocky Mount Baptist Church served more than 3,000 people in November, twice the population of the town. For Christmas, Pastor Dan Duckworth says they got food to more than 2,000 people. He says the numbers are growing.
Donations to any food bank are appreciated during the holidays.