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No DUplicitous DUpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 05:14 PM
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U.S. Food Banks Under Pressure To Meet Demand
U.S. Food Banks Under Pressure To Meet Demand
http://sane-ramblings.blogspot.com/2011/07/us-food-bank...

"Last week, we just about ran out of everything," said Noemi Sias, who operates a weekly food bank that feeds about 100 families a week at the Baldwin Park Bilingual Seventh-day Adventist Church. "The last families just got a few canned goods, a box of cereal and some chicken. But we always manage to give them something."

The Los Angeles Times food bank story this quote was taken from, covered Los Angeles and Orange Counties but if you Google titles similar to the one used in this piece, you will find numerous similar stories across the U.S.

These are hard times and food banks are struggling to meet demand especially as so many people have been out of work for so long, many of them with families to feed. If you can afford to help, please assist a food bank near you with grocery donations. Your heart will thank you and a hungry person will have something to eat in part because of you.


To see the Los Angeles Times food bank story, please click on http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-food-pantries-2...

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napoleon_in_rags Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 05:19 PM
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1. Good reminder. Giving will be FIRST thing out of my next paycheck.
I've had to use these in tough times, donated food can really save people.
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KarenS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-11 05:42 PM
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2. I just cleaned out our pantry on Friday ~
tossed some out-of-date things and donated some other things that we don't really like or won't use. I am going back in tomorrow to talk to them about volunteering.

Our local Food Bank says every bit helps.
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No DUplicitous DUpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 01:55 PM
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3. From the article linked in the OP...
A record 330,000 residents are being served each month at the 600 pantries supplied by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, a 73% increase from when the recession hit in 2008. Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, which supplies about 480 charitable groups, is reaching nearly 250,000 people a month, a 70% increase.
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very sad news.

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