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Food banks feel the pressure

Food banks around the state continue to be hit hard in this economy.

Second Harvest of South Georgia officials say food demand has risen this year.

They blame high unemployment.

A big middle Georgia food bank had to shut down temporarily.

Monroe based Angel Food Ministry suspended food distribution for September.

Second Harvest workers in Albany say there's no danger of that happening here, but they are serving a growing number of families.

"The problem is nowadays, over 40 million Americans are living in poverty. 16 million of those are children and we deal with that all across South Georgia. Unemployment rates are over 10 percent and all that adds up to the demand that our food bank feels every day."

Officials welcome donations anytime, but they are especially important in the coming months with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approaching.

 

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