The extremely cold winter is being blamed for an increased use of food banks in Windsor.

During a typical winter, the Salvation Army food bank in downtown Windsor serves approximately 50 people. This year, it’s helping 70.

“Our number is high because of the cold weather,” said Hua Zhang of the Windsor Salvation Army.

High heating costs have hit low-income families hard this year. Many budgeted money for their utility bills based on last winter.