The number of people asking for help from the food pantry, crisis relief center and homeless shelter is up, but officials say another number is a bit more important. According to officials, many are asking for that help who have never asked before.
According to Taylor County Ministerial Food Pantry volunteer Marietta Moyers, the number of families receiving free food last year was about 220 each month. This year, she says, that number has risen to about 300.
And a lot of those people, Moyers said, are those who are now unemployed.