UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
When the holidays get closer the need for food in Central Texas gets higher.
"In the last couple of months we have definitely seen something of an upsurge, continued high demand and high need within this community," Buddy Edwards, Executive Director at Caritas of Waco said.
In August alone, Caritas served their largest number of people ever; almost 2,400 families, most of them new.
"Many of the families that are coming to caritas have never been here before. On the average we're seeing about 150 new families. Definitely have seen a continued high number of individuals and families who have need for food assistance," Edwards said.
One local organization is doing its part to help the Caritas food shelves stay stocked.
Waco Weight Watchers is working to bridge the gap between hunger and obesity. With every one pound lost, $1 is donated to a local food bank. But this local program has taken it one step further.
"For every pound someone loses, some of the encouragement is, you know I've lost a pound but I'm going to give a pound of nutritious food so that it can help someone else in the community," Jenny Snider, Weight Watchers leader said.
Today, after 7 weeks of collecting, Waco Weight Watchers donated 481 pounds of food to help restock the shelves at Caritas.
"it makes us feel wonderful to have the kind of support from the community... the need is so great... they do make a difference for us," Edwards said.