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Food Bank Shortage

Dennis Westover with Family Service Center says, "We try to give at least one sack of groceries per member of the family... usually we give them more about a sack and a half." Dennis Westover with Family Service Center says, "We try to give at least one sack of groceries per member of the family... usually we give them more about a sack and a half."
Zach Wilson with the Food Bank says, "Freight cost have increased because of fuel cost and the selection that we have based on the money that we have is continually dropping." Zach Wilson with the Food Bank says, "Freight cost have increased because of fuel cost and the selection that we have based on the money that we have is continually dropping."

This weeks food drive is especially important to the people and organizations who rely on the food bank.

More than a million and a half pounds are missing from food bank shelves... Do to a lack of donations... And while officials say they are going to make it through the season and not turn anyone away.. They don't know if that will be the case in the future.

Dennis Westover with Family Service Center says, "It's difficult... But we are struggling through."

Westover's organizations main source of supply is the food bank. But the year round shortage has left a limited selection... Making it harder to give well balanced meals to people.

The food bank says they have plenty of grains and bread... But they are short on fresh fruits and vegetables... In fact they tell me they have no fresh fruit in stock.

Westover says, "We try to give at least one sack of groceries per member of the family... usually we give them more about a sack and a half."

Food bank officials tell us the shortage is due to the rising cost of food and the freight cost to get it here.

Zach Wilson with the Food Bank says, "Freight cost have increased because of fuel cost and the selection that we have based on the money that we have is continually dropping."

As for Westover... He says if donations don't turn around they may not be able to continue to service everyone next year.

"We would wind up having to cut back our services."

Officials say this year every little donation helps... So they are asking you to make it out over the next two days.

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