The new leader of the West Ohio Food Bank is looking to replenish a diminishing food stock at its East Kibby Street location.
Food bank CEO Gary Bright says the midwestern drought has taken its toll on its food supply, which is distributed to an 11 county area of west central and northwest Ohio. He says the drought has meant less corn, used as feed for animals. That drives up the price of meat. Also food products are more expensive, so less people are buying extra food to donate.
Bright says the big grocery chains have less to donate because of higher prices and a need to be more efficient. So when they do what's called a "food rescue", there is less to pick up. They are also hurting in the area of frozen foods, the freezer is nearly bare. There is also a concern about their senior box lunches.