The Mayfield-Graves County Needline and Food Pantry reported a higher number of families in need of nutritional, medical and utility assistance throughout last year.
In 2013, the organization assisted 578 households, a 17 percent increase from 493 in 2012. The pantry provided groceries to 3,856 households, a 5 percent increase from 3,659 in 2012. In total, about 1,849 residents were helped, about 12,339 received food and about 15,424 bags of groceries were distributed by the food pantry with the highest number of food requests recorded in October at 434, according to director Jackie Herndon.
"These numbers illustrate the ongoing and increasing needs in our community," he said. "Because our non-profit organization relies on community support for its very existence, we felt the need to share this information and to thank all those who generously give of their time, money and talents to help us help others."
The senior commodities program, which provides food to residents 60 and over who meet guidelines set by the Purchase Area Development District office, was not included in the organization's yearly totals. The program provided food to 308 qualifying households every month, totaling about 7,392 bags of food throughout the year.
The Needline and Food Pantry, 424 S. Ninth St. in Mayfield, is open Monday to Thursday, except for major holidays and extreme weather.