CLAY COUNTY Ind. (WTHI)- Just a few short years ago, more than 18,000 men, women and children right here in Vigo County were reported as being food insecure.
Those insecurities go beyond the county line.
In fact, Feeding America reported 3,500 people throughout Clay County do not have enough to eat.
There are several places across the Wabash valley providing services for people who are food insecure.
One organization is the Clay County Emergency Food Pantry in Brazil.
Patsy Light is a volunteer at the pantry.
When she was 12-years-old, she learned first hand what those struggling to find food deal with every day.
"It's scary to go to the cupboard and find nothing in there, especially when you, I have five brothers and sisters that counted on me for help, because I was the oldest, and I was only twelve years old," said Light.
Light said she knows what others are going through.
She hopes those in the community help out when they can.
"My neighbor actually caught us one night and actually prepared a meal for all of us kids. If you ever see people in the trash cans, it would be nice if you took them and took them to get something hot to eat," said Light.
It's that look on someone's face knowing they'll have a meal on the table that'll make it all worth it.
"It makes me feel terrific, that makes me feel so great, and my brothers and sisters have all grown up to be good citizens, so I know these kids will too, but it makes us feel great knowing we can help them."
Light said she hopes someone sees this and knows they're not alone.
"Never give up. I never gave up. There's always another door that opens when one closes. There's nothing wrong with asking for help," said Light.
The Clay County Emergency Food Bank is open five days a week.
They are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m to get food.
Not only do they provide food, but also clothes for those in need.
The pantry is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
The pantry is located on 506 E. Pinckley St. in Brazil.