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Knox Co. food bank experiences increase in community need

FISH Hospitality Pantries said it is working to feed 1,800 families per week, about 200 more families than they typically serve.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Many families are experiencing a time of uncertainty, as they turn to local food pantries for help amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

FISH Hospitality Pantries, also known as Hospitality Pantries, is stepping in to help Knoxville. Right now, it is seeing an increase in community need. 

FISH Hospitality Pantries said it is working to feed 1,800 families per week, which is about 200 more families than they typically serve.

The organization has several locations in Northwest, East and South Knoxville

Its mission is to provide food relief packages to hungry families in the city and county. The food bank said it doesn't turn anyone away. 

"People ask for crackers, they all ask for peanut butter and then one of the biggest asked for items is toilet paper and paper towels, that type of thing," said Sandra Monday, Executive Director of FISH Hospitality Pantries. 

The organization said it appreciates any donations so that they can keep meeting the needs of the community. 

For more information about how you can donate and explore volunteer opportunities, click here

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