Lawrence Power is worried about the high demand at the food bank. (CBC)

Demand at the Southern Kings and Queens Food Bank in Montague, P.E.I. is up 40 to 50 per cent over this time last year, according to the food bank's co-ordinator.

Lawrence Power says many of the people who are in need have jobs, but are still having a tough time making ends meet.

He said the tough economy is taking a heavy toll.

"[It's] the price of food and gas," Power explained. "Working people ... just can't make a go of it. It's just hard to make ends meet with the economy."

Power added the outlook is grim.

"I get worried because it's the people that are working that are giving us food," he said. "If they are starting to have a hard time of it, where is the food going to come from?"

Power said the food bank is currently helping 151 families.