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More and more from the middle class turning to food bank for help
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Zak Pfau helps pack and organize food at Marana’s food bank on a recent morning. Last month, the group served 2,400 people in 699 households, more than double the amount of people it served in May 2007. Regionwide, food banks have seen a spike in demand for their services, with more and more requests for assistance coming from middle-class families, food bank officials say.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, In 2007, the Community Food Bank doled out more than 14.5 million pounds of food to the region’s needy. The group forecasts even greater demand for food this year, likely outstripping donations.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Zak Pfau (left) and Dick Teugh help pack and organize food at Marana’s food bank recently. The region’s network of food banks note a recent surge in demand for their services.
Volunteers are needed for the Community Food Bank.