OH Food Pantries Seeing Big Increase

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Food banks across Ohio are seeing more people in need of food and food pantries right here say they've seen the amount of families double.

The Gospel Mission Food Pantry in Marietta now serves over 600 families a month, compared to around 300 families per month last year.

The Ohio Association of Food Banks says the state food banks have given out 45 percent more food and supplies compared to the last three year.

The Association says its the employment challenges and cost of daily necessities.

"I had a gentleman come in yesterday that had just been laid off from his job. He had worked 17 years at his place of employment and he got laid off. The economy that I see through the people coming through the food pantry is not getting any better, we are definitely in need," explains the director of the Gospel Mission, Candy Waite.

Statewide and locally, food pantries do say they have a lot more people in need of food, then then amount of food that is coming in.
November and December are their biggest months, which they suspect an increase in families.

Gospel Mission (located right off the Harmar Community Center) says they're always in need of anything that can be provided but in particular: tuna, canned soups, canned goods, cereal, pasta, sauce, and ramon noodles.

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