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Demand Jumps For Area Food Pantries

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A new study says about 680,000 people in Cook County turned to food pantries in 2009. That’s about 36 percent more than in 2006. Bob Dolgan is a spokesman for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. He says there’s been a shift in the type of people who are seeking help.

DOLGAN: With rising unemployment people are realizing that at the end of the month that they just don’t have the funds to pay for groceries. Many of the people who are turning to us now have never sought help before. Many have even attended some college or even owned their own homes in some cases.

Dolgan says so far area pantries are able to meet the demand. The study released today by the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Feeding America says about 5.7 million people nationally receive emergency food assistance each week.

Chicago Talks reports on an Englewood food pantry.

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