The soup kitchen at Saint Edward’s Catholic Church –fed 200 people this Thanksgiving.
That nearly doubled that number of how many they fed last year.
This is further proof of a growing trend: more and more people using charitable services.
Donna Klemann, soup kitchen manager says "I started 2 years ago and at that time, we were using 8 tables with 8 setups at each table and we had space left over. Right now we're at 18 tables and we have very little space left over, in fact none."
Klemann says the increase in clients started in march and drastically increased since the summer.
"We serve dinner Monday, Wednesday and Friday and our numbers have gone up at least 300–400 each month."
Many food banks – shelters and soup kitchens have reported fewer food donations this year.
But Klemann says that they have been fortunate with donations due to support from the community.
"We've been getting canned goods in we've been getting meat and produce Albertson's and we get baked goods from Costco."
And if you would like to help —– Saint Edward’s has a fund designated for cash donation.
"Anyone that wants to make a cash donation they should write 'soup kitchen' on it and then it goes into a designated fund."
Brittany Cooper – KMVT