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WV Families, Food Banks Squeezed by Food, Fuel Costs


Tuesday, May 13, 2008   

Gassaway, WV – More hungry West Virginians, less food to go around. High food and fuel costs are straining family budgets, sending more people to food banks for help. Unfortunately, those services also are being hit by those same costs, so they're having trouble meeting the demand.

Carla Nardella with the Mountaineer Food Bank reports food banks around the state just don't have enough to go around.

"Demand, of course, has always been more than what we could meet, but the gap is getting wider."

She adds that food banks around the state are seeing a lot of new people in need of food relief.

"These new faces coming to their doors are the working poor, and with the rising price of the fuel and heating, they can't make ends meet. So they're showing up at the door of the food pantries, trying to just patch things together to be able to feed their children."

Things are likely to get worse with summer coming because kids won't have access to school breakfasts or lunches. Nardella says there have been drop-offs in donations from individuals and businesses, and in federal food support. They're hoping for some successful food drives, and for an increase in food relief in the new U.S. Farm Bill.

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