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05.08.07

Food Donations Low

There's no doubt the Panhandle has pulled together to donate to victims of the twisters. But, with tornado season still in high gear and summer right around the corner the very agencies that collect food for families are finding themselves in dire need of help.

There are a lot of people in need. But there's not a lot to go around.

We are told the dip in food donations is the worst its been in years. "We're feeling very frustrated," says Janie Singleton, with the High Plains Food Bank.

Shelves collecting dust instead of stocking food. "We are really down in donations," she says.

Budget cuts, higher prices, recalls and especially this active tornado season. "We've already sent out about 50-thousand pounds of product to help the tornado victims," she says.

All mean harder times for area agencies. "In order to make ours go as far as it will go we will cut down on canned goods, cereal," says Maj. Jim Waller, with the Salvation Army.

"Year before last we were averaging about 450-thousand pounds of food a month going out, now we're averaging about 325-thousand pounds a month. Now that's a big difference," says Singleton.

And they are contributions that make a big difference in thousands of people's lives. "It's going to single moms, its going to the elderly that can't live off of social security," she says.

But since there's no telling what mother nature has planned for us next, these agencies are counting on you to help to keep them thriving and providing.

"We need food," she says. To donate, drop off canned goods to the High Plains Food Bank on Ross Street... from eight in the morning to 3:30... Monday through Friday.

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