Flagstaff Hungry Increase During Holidays

Published: Monday, December 23, 2019 - 2:37pm
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During the holidays, soup kitchens see an increase in the number of people in need, along with the number of volunteers.

The Flagstaff Family Food Center serves as many as 1,500 people a day. And that number jumps 25% to 35% this time of year.

People have visitors, budgets are tighter and kids are home from school. More than 50% of Flagstaff kids qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, according to Carrie Henderson, who is the development director for the Flagstaff Family Food Center.

"It's a hard place to live," Henderson said. "A lot of people are working multiple jobs. The cost of living just keeps increasing so we expect the need for our hunger relief services to continue to increase in 2020 as well."

Henderson said people love to volunteer on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's the days in between when they need help, especially during snowstorms. Also, she said canned food and monetary donations keep the soup kitchen and food bank open year-round.

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