Food Pantries in Clinton Are Seeing An Increase in Demand

CLINTON, IOWA - Local food shelves in Clinton, Iowa are seeing an increase in demand this year. 

Families struggling to put food on the table get help from groups like the Associate Benevolent Society and the Salvation Army. Now these agencies say they need help themselves.

Managers say they serve about 7,000 people a year and requests for help are up 35% over the last five years. They have an idea why the pantries aren't overflowing.

"I know we've had a lot of big national crisis events like with the multiple hurricanes, earthquakes and other people are giving back to other great causes to help and assist, " said Salvation Army Spokesperson Stephanie Hartley.

People can take advantage of the food pantry once a month at no charge.The organizations are looking for donation of food and money for the holidays. 

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