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Food Bank officials say demand greatest in December

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - While the need is always there, it is perhaps greatest at the Mid-South Food Bank in December.  Recently, empty shelves at the Food Bank told a sad story. It's not that donations are down, it's that the number of hungry families is up.

Jimmy Gross and his wife recently visited the Mid-South Food Bank to get food for Pine Vale Children's home in Corinth, Mississippi.

"We have individuals. We have groups," Gross said. "They come from all over, all different churches, all different walks of life."

But finding food to bring back to the foster home children has been tough recently.

"We have one big Christmas party coming up here, and of course we don't have as much that we have had over the years," Gross said

The Mid-South Food Bank says food donations are always needed - especially food items with meat.  And if you donate money, they can stretch it even further.  For every dollar you give the food bank stretch it into four, by negotiating with wholesalers.

Food Bank officials say across the Mid South, the demand for food from them is up nearly 30 percent.  In Shelby County, demand is up 40 percent.  The embattled economy is partly to blame.  For example, the Caterpillar plant's rolling layoffs in Dyer County forced 850 people to need food supplied by the Food Bank.

Every family who receives food from the Mid-South Food Bank is qualified by the government to receive food stamps. But often, they still need the Food Bank to get by, because food stamps only last the average family two weeks, rather than a whole month.

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