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Hunger Climbing Among Vets' Families

OPB | Nov. 11, 2012 6 a.m. | Updated: Nov. 13, 2012 2:16 a.m. | Portland, OR

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This Veterans’ Day weekend, Oregon aid agencies are finding more need for hunger relief among families with a member in the military. The Oregon Food Bank recently published a survey showing 20% of the households now getting emergency food aid include at least one veteran. That’s three percent more households than when the survey was last conducted, two years ago.

Shawn DeCarlo is the Food Bank’s Metro Services Manager. He says providers are expecting an increase in need for vets’ families in the coming year.

“We’re hearing that we’re seeing more families with veterans and more returning veterans seeking services,” DeCarlo says. “These families are not always asking for assistance, so we’re reaching out through traditional veterans’ groups to make sure folks who provide services to veterans are aware of emergency food services that are available.’

That means delivering food boxes to veterans’ services offices, and making food supplies available in other ways. Some Oregon churches have also become involved in outreach to vets and their families.

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