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More Virginians “Taking it to the Bank” – the Food Bank

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007   

Richmond, VA – With the peak of the holiday season approaching, thousands of Virginians are going to food banks to make ends meet, and the banks are having a tough time keeping up with the demand.

Donations to food banks have been down, and many started the season with unusually empty shelves. According to government statistics, one reason food bank supplies are lower is because federal donations have slowed. The pending national Farm Bill would boost required donations to food banks.

Ashley White with the Children’s Defense Fund says even the generosity of Virginians isn't enough to keep the food banks stocked.

"It's a time when many Americans reach out and volunteer to help families in need. There are families suffering this holiday from joblessness and poverty."

She says "food insecurity" is growing nationwide as working families face increased healthcare costs and rising gas prices.

"It's just shameful that in this rich nation, during the past year 12.6 million children have been living in households struggling against hunger."




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