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Food Bank Distribution At All-Time High

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Aired 8/30/10

The San Diego Food Bank’s annual status report shows the demand for their services continues to soar. Their food distribution has tripled in San Diego County since the recession began, and quadrupled in certain cities.

The San Diego Food Bank’s annual status report shows the demand for their services continues to soar. Their food distribution has tripled in San Diego County since the recession began, and quadrupled in certain cities.

Charity volunteers pick out food items at the Food Bank's warehouse on December 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.
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Above: Charity volunteers pick out food items at the Food Bank's warehouse on December 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.

The cities that show the greatest increase in food distribution are Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, National City, Vista and El Cajon. In Lemon Grove, for example, the food bank distributed more than 250,000 meals this year, compared to just 45,000 in 2008.

In Ramona, distribution has risen 80 percent and even in Poway the number of people seeking free meals has risen 25 percent.

The San Diego Food Bank, which is only one of several agencies working with those who don’t have enough to eat, served more than 340,000 individuals a month this year.

The number of elementary schools signed up for the Kids Backpack Program has increased from 3 to more than 20.

The food bank has been in existence for over 30 years and officials say the amount of meals they are now distributing surpasses any time in their history.

Nearly half a million of San Diego’s 3.1 million residents live at or near the federal poverty level. Seventy percent of them are children.

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