December stands for 'donations' at Sevier County Food Ministries. Unfortunately, January is the month of 'just getting by'.
Need is expected to increase by 20 percent during January and February due to unemployment and the colder weather. Donations have already dropped 40 percent this month.
"People are not getting to work at the bigger attractions and hotels. Hotel staff a lot of people. They don't get enough hours if they get any hours at all. When things heat back up in April they'll go back to their usual jobs. Right now they're hurting a little bit and need some help," said Jim Davis, Director of Sevier County Food Ministries.
SCFM helps 1,123 families a week on average in Sevier County. The number can rise to 2,000 families a week during the Winter.
Davis said money is the best donation since the ministry can purchase large bulks of food at reduced prices.
You can donate to SCFM by clicking on the yellow tab in the top right corner of their website.