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Oregon Food Bank: 'Highest Demand We've Seen'

The Oregon Food Bank says it’s in a major crunch — between high demand for food, and a drop in federal assistance. Rob Manning reports.

Volunteers making emergency food boxes. Photo by Daniel Root.

Food Bank development director Laura Golino De Lovato says the current demand for food boxes is staggering.

“This is definitely the highest demand for emergency food that we’ve ever seen,” she said.

At the same time, officials say high food prices on the world market – while good for farmers – have driven federal food contributions down 57 percent. Golino De Lovato says the possibility of food shortages forced the Food Bank’s board to spend reserves on food.

“It’s hard to say what the picture will look like in three months or six months, but we know that right now, people are hungry. And we need to make sure that there is food in the system,” she added.

Golino De Lovato says donations are coming in. She’s finding more donors, but they’re giving less – a trend that she chalks up to the ongoing tough economy.

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