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Local food pantries are in crisis

Monday, September 26, 2011
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Workers at one South Valley food bank say they haven't seen their shelves this empty in more than twenty years.

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This pantry in Visalia is running low on canned food items and it's not alone. Food pantries throughout Tulare County have been facing a shortage. Not only have food banks seen an increase in demand because of the sluggish economy... but food manufacturers have cut back on their donations due to increasing food costs.

Sandy Beals said, "Food prices have been very high, so that not only hurts people on a tight budget, it also means that less food comes here. So we've just in the last few months, we've seen a 45% cut in USDA commodities."

Experts say the food shortage crisis will only get worse... with the demand increasing even more during the holidays.

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