CLEARWATER – Following Hurricane Irma, there has been surge of families in need of food.
RCS Food Bank recently saw a 48 percent increase of households requesting food. If that trend continues for even just one week, the RCS Food Bank will need to distribute an additional 13,318 pounds of food.
For many, disasters like Hurricane Irma mean the loss of power, some refrigerated food, and hours at work. Imagine having to decide on whether to put gas in the car to go back to work or feed your children a healthy meal. RCS Food Bank is a vital source to many families in times of need. Over 70,000 Pinellas County neighbors are served annually, 32,000 of those are children and senior citizens.
“If it hasn’t happened already, there will come a time in each of our lives in which we’ll be in need of assistance from others. While it is entirely possible for us to feel lonely, it’s impossible for any of us to survive alone. Adversity is impartial and not a respecter of person, and proved itself to be just that in the form of Hurricane Irma,” said Kirk Smith, president and CEO of RCS Inc., in a press release. “Today, many who were once in a position of strength just a few weeks ago are now in a position of need. Due to the generosity and selfless service of others, RCS remains in a position of strength and at the ready to help those in need today and those who will unexpectedly find themselves in this same position tomorrow.”
RCS Inc. depends on financial and food donations to provide Pinellas County residents with the relief that they need.