COVINGTON, La. -- Food banks dole out hundreds of packages to families in need for Thanksgiving.
But one in St. Tammany Parish says the demand for food has grown so much, it's hard to keep up with it the rest of the year.
"Over the last four years, we've seen increases every year," said Covington Food Bank Program Director Terri Turner-Marse. "Our trend line just continues to go up and up."
Food bank staff says the recent reasons behind the increase in need range from the economy to hurricane recovery. There are more than 2,000 families registered in Covington. At least 100 come for help every day.
"To live on it, you know, sometimes if we don't need it, we'll give back to them," said Rose Mary Knight, who benefits from the food bank.
"People lose their houses, lose their jobs and sometimes it's your family and your friends, they do need," said Debbie Knight, whose family member gets help from the food bank.
The food bank here says as fast as the donations come in, they're headed out to the needy families in this community, and while they appreciate all of the help, they need it to continue.
"Hunger doesn't know the holidays," said Turner-Marse, "Once the holidays are over, people will continue to face the same challenges that they have with stretching their dollar."
Those who give say it's a reality not many realize.
"I think during the holidays is when everyone kind of gets in the festive mood and wants to help out, but it's very easy to forget there are hungry people every day," said donor Cullie McCain.
The food bank hopes this never-ending process is a reminder.
Several organizations also rely on the Covington Food Bank for their Christmas programs, like Feeding the Needy, run by the Covington Rotary Club. For information on how to help the Covington Food Bank, click here.