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Kentucky Association of Food Banks Prepares for Increasing Winter Demands

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  The Kentucky Association of Food Banks is reporting an increase of people coming to their food pantries. KAFB executive director Tamara Sandberg said they saw 56% of their member banks report an increase in 2015.  Sandberg said winter is the KAFB's busiest season,  and  that the dropping temperatures force families in need to make some hard choices. 

"67% of food bank clients said they have to chose between paying for food and paying for utilities," Sandberg said. "So it is a concern to make sure people have enough food to get through the colder months-when all of us in Kentucky are spending more on utilities in the winter."

Sandberg said the KAFB anticipates more donations around the winter holiday season, when people tend to be more charitable. A 2012 Guidestar survey found more than 50%  of organizations receive a majority of their contributions between the months of October and December. 

To donate to the KAFB, go to their website KAFB.org and click the "Donate now" button, or donate to their many member food banks and charities all throughout Kentucky. 

Taylor is a recent Murray State University graduate where she studied journalism and history. When she's not reporting for WKMS, she enjoys creative writing and traveling. She loves writing stories that involve diversity, local culture and history, nature and recreation, art and music, and national or local politics. If you have a news tip or idea, shoot her an email at tinman1@murraystate.edu!
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