The next time you go food shopping, imagine having 30 minutes to pick up food for hundreds of people in need in northern Virginia. That's the appointment Beth Campbell with Alive Inc. made Tuesday, just two days before Thanksgiving.
"The people are more needy," she said. "More people have lost jobs."
Campbell belongs to one of several area charities that regularly picks up for the needy at the Capital Area Food Bank.
At Mother Dear's in northwest Washington, officials reported one third of the donations they normally receive because of the slow economy.
This is usually the busiest time of year for charities, but donations are often needed more during the summer -- the slowest season.
"Times are so hard", said Vivian Ross, who received a donated food bag. "You have to have love for one another."