LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - As we move into 2021, the need in our community is still great. Job loss, reduced financial income and homelessness are still putting a big demand on local nonprofits.
Kelly Hutchinson, Director of Development of Salvation Army Louisville Area Command said that when the pandemic hit, her organization saw the rapid demand.
“We knew that once everything shutdown, more so than ever, the clients and community members that would need the Salvation Army, would need it now,” Hutchinson said. “The need increased by at least 130 sometimes to 150 percent.”
Hutchinson added while also continuing to care for the homeless, they saw new clients and a big demand on meal services.
“It went from normally 400 meals a day, up to like 750 meals in one week,” Hutchinson said.
That demand is something Dare to Care also noticed.
“We saw a level of need for food assistance unlike any we have seen in our 50-year history,” Stan Siegwald said.
Siegwald, a spokesperson with Dare to Care, said the uptick in demand is not just a one-time event.
“The level of community support that we have seen through 2020, we need for it to continue,” Seigwald added.
Both the Salvation Army and Dare to Care expect the need for their services to continue to be heavily relied on moving into 2021.
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