Bridgeport nonprofit Merton House sees increase in demand for Thanksgiving meals

The rising cost of gas and oil has led to a spike in demand for food this holiday season.
Every year at the Merton House in Bridgeport, people line up out front to get bags full of food for their holiday meals.
Britney Cruz and her kids live on the block and say the annual tradition is something to look forward to every single year.
"The first time I went in there, it was the most welcoming place that me and my kids have ever experienced," said Cruz.
None of it would be possible without people like Jason Lambert, a 16-year-old junior from Saint Joe's, who holds a food drive every year.
"I love helping my community," said Lambert.
"It's like the time of the year where you can get together, and if you don't have a turkey, you can grab a turkey from here," said Juantia Baptista.
Executive Director Bill Colson says there has been a 10% increase over this time last year in the number of people who rely on the food bank.
"I think it's an important time for all of us to stop and give thanks -- and then to help others," said Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim.
The head of the Bishop Jean Williams Food Pantry Mary Green says her agency has also seen a spike in demand for food this year due to rising energy costs.