Yakima Food Bank serving more people than ever before

YAKIMA, Wash. -- It's another busy Friday at the Yakima Food Bank. Effie Lyons says the organization has helped her get by in tough times.

"It's a big boost," said Effie. "It's amazing what little bit they can give actually helps extend the month so it's not so tight toward the end of the month, or to help fill in the holes for nutrition."

More people have been coming to the food bank in recent years. It served 70,000 customers in 2010. The number reached 90,000 last year.

"The turnout is huge," said Effie.

There has also been a recent increase in donations to meet the high demand.

"We're thankful," said Earl Hall, treasurer of the Yakima Food Bank.

The food bank says, in the first four months of this year, food donations have increased by 25 percent compared to the first four months of last year. It's something they hope can keep going.

"We're still worried, because who knows what's going to happen tomorrow," said Hall.

Most of the donations come from organizations like Northwest Harvest. Very few come from the general public. Protein is hard to keep on the shelves.

"It fluctuates," Hall said. "I mean, we never know from month to month - we don't even know from week to week what we're going to have."

But, the fact that more food is coming in makes a difference to people like Effie.

"There's been months that that was the majority of my food," she said.

A resource that's helping more people than it ever has before.

The Yakima Food Bank gives food away every Friday morning until noon at its Central Avenue location.