As food insecurity continues to be a rising problem in America, those in the Tri-Cities who are suffering from it are receiving assistance from a local congregation.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gathered at the Tri-Cities Food Bank on Thursday morning, June 6, to deliver 24 pallets of food to families in need. According to the church, as food and gas prices have risen, more individuals have turned to food banks for assistance, and local groups have been extremely grateful for the donations.
“The Seventh-Day Adventist Food Bank in Pasco on Sylvester Street used to provide food to two to three hundred families a week. A couple of weeks ago they served 1,016 (families),” said David McDonald, who works as the Just Serve Pasco coordinator for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Church leaders say that over the course of 2023, more than 156 tons of food, consisting of dry goods and dairy products, have been donated across Benton and Franklin Counties.