Salvation Army spokesman Andie Bobb said that high demand from the food bank emptied its shelves earlier than usual, and so the Army hoped to collect one ton of food during a six-hour drive. They didn’t get there. Bobb said that families who used to donate food are now the ones in need, and “That’s a real indicator that things are not improving as quickly as they need to be for our families.”

The food bank needs not only canned foods and grains, but also diapers, baby food and personal hygiene items. To learn more about how you can help a situation described as “critical,” go to the local Salvation Army’s website.