WIBW-TV and Harvesters fight hunger this holiday season

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- This is the season of giving and you can help provide food for people in need this holiday and beyond.

(WIBW/Danielle Martin)

WIBW-TV is partnering with Topeka Harvesters to feed hungry neighbors through their Community Cares Network campaign.

"There's a lot of families that are just struggling to make ends meet," Senior Community Manager of Topeka Harvesters, Amy Pinger said.

Harvesters sees firsthand how many people in the community deal with food insecurity.

Pinger explains that "20 percent are Seniors and 25 percent of those we serve are children. It's one in eight people in the community and for children it's actually one and six."

Food brings families together, especially around the holidays.

"Having to decide between the light bill and food on the table, it's just a tough time where people are making tough choices," Pinger said.

However, it's not easy for families who have trouble putting food on the table,"They're food insecure for a variety of reasons. Some of them are underemployed, some of them are struggling with some health concerns that are adding an extra burden that they weren't expecting."

Every dollar you donate provides three meals.

"Sometimes people think 'oh it's just a dollar, it's just five dollars, it won't make that big of a deal' and it really will, especially when we send a wide call out to the network," Pinger emphasized. "Food is a basic human need, but it also brings hope, and happiness, and togetherness."

Harvesters say the community coming together can make an impact, "we need a little extra support at this time and this campaign can go along way towards helping that."

The Community Cares Network campaign runs through December 20th.

"It does take everyone coming together, so if donations stopped, we would go without if everything stopped today, so it's important that that keeps coming."

To donate, click here.