Spring breaks mean big boom in business at food banks


Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Barry Stevenson

PADUCAH, Ky. - Staff at The Salvation Army says they have the most canned goods in their pantry since the holidays.  But, Sheila Downing says those shelves could be emptied out by the week's end.

Since Spring Break began, she has already serviced a dozen families.  Shirley Fisher paid Downing a visit Monday morning, looking for help.

"You can only go so far with PB&J," she told Downing.

"This week is the test of how long our food will last because the need for food is greater," Downing explained of parents, who rely on schools for help, needing additional assistance while their children are off school.

Sally Michelson with the Community Kitchen also notices the need this time every year, she even tailors the menu to children.

On Monday, 40 kids came through her line, looking for a meal. 

"More every year are coming because more are hungry," Michelson admitted.

But thanks to The Salvation Army, Fisher's five grand kids will not be hungry.

"I'm extremely grateful," she said, adding, "I dread Spring Break, I dread summer because its expensive. I can't afford it."