VERONA, Va. (WHSV) -- The need for food has been increasing each year.
Recent statistics from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank show one in 10 people suffers from hunger locally and one out of every six is a child.
In fact, a big percentage of the families the food bank serves suffer from medical issues, including diabetes and hypertension. Specifically, more than 30 percent suffer from diabetes.
Dozens of people were lined up at the Verona Community Food Pantry on Thursday.
Beth Wyatt, who lives in Staunton, said she started coming to the food pantry back in June. She and her husband recently had their first child and have had to make significant cut-backs to support their family.
She said without the pantry, she and her husband would struggle just to get by.
"It's benefited us quite a bit especially here in the summer they have a lot of fresh produce," said Wyatt.
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank recently participated in a study called Hunger in America, which looks at data involving hunger on a local scale. They will be releasing that data in the next several weeks.