TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A local foodbank is seeing an increase in people seeking assistance and expects that trend to continue throughout the cold wintery months.

While the latest “Map the Meal Gap” data released from Feeding America showed a decrease in the number of food-insecure people, Terre Haute Catholic Charities points out that information is based on 2021 data.

Assistant Agency Director Jennifer Tames said that it’s believed the decrease was partly due to stimulus funds and an increased response of charitable organizations that year. Tames added that higher inflation rates this year have led to an increase in people asking the group for help.

“Our senior population, who are primarily living on fixed incomes, they are getting hit especially hard,” Tames said. “Then we have some sectors of our population that are disproportionately impacted by food insecurity to begin with that are also getting hit hard by inflation and especially the rising food costs.”

Tames says the increased need was evident during their recent turkey distribution last month.

“We saw 200 more households this year stop by to receive a turkey and other food for their Thanksgiving dinner than we saw in 2021,” Tames said.

Tames adds that the community can help by making a donation to Catholic Charities. To do that, click here.

Tames also wants to remind folks in need that Catholic Charities runs a bread and produce distribution on the third Saturday of every month from 9-11 a.m. at Ben Franklin Elementary School. During the month of December, ham will be included in that distribution.