BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) — "This is probably one of the worst times that we've seen since Hurricane Katrina," says Renee Kraft. She is the Executive Director of Hope Ministries here in Baton Rouge. She says she can't remember a time when her shelves were this empty, "We have had some clients who have been as startled by our bare shelves as we have been and just pleaded with us to get more food."
Renee is talking about people like Nicole Chester. She doesn't know what she or others like her will do if the shelves don't fill up, "It would be very, very hard. Personally, myself, I, thank God for Hope because if it wasn't for them. You know I have a large family and I take care of other kids and without this pantry being here we would run out of food."
With all the supplies at historically low levels, those, like Chster, that need them the most say this trend needs to change before it's too late, "There's a lot of families that's just suffering right now, financially, mentally."