Valley food pantries are struggling

FRESNO, Calif.

On Sunday Anna Lally and her soon, Brendan made a detour from their weekend plans to help feed those in need. They made a stop at the Catholic Charities food drive in River Park.

Catholic Charities says donors like the Lallys are helping them boost their supplies. The non-profit says every can of food counts. The agency distributed more than 2 million pounds of food to hungry families. They say the average annual income of the typical family of four they feed is under $8,000. Jody Hudson with Catholic Charities says their supplies are dwindling. She said, "It is really decreasing as the need is increasing. We are seeing about a 51% increase in those clients that we were serving from last year; a lot of new faces, a lot of people who have never come to us before.

The Community Food Bank says since the economic downturn, they've see a big jump in those going hungry. The face of poverty is also changing. Many former donors now visit local pantries for help to put dinner on their own tables.

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