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Food Banks See More Need

(Le Mars) -- For many people the holidays are centered around food.  A big family meal, a seasonal pie or your favorite cookies that only grandma makes best. But for some, food is a burden that is especially heavy this time of year. 
The Christian Needs Center in Le Mars provides food and clothing to those in need.  Center Coordinator Barb Waltz says they're optimistic that they'll be able to provide the families they serve through the continued generosity of Le Mars residents.
With the coming of the cold weather, Waltz explains that the food need has changed. 

Fresh fruit and meat are not something the pantry can accept, so shelf stable items like canned tuna, salmon, chicken and fruits are needed.  Juices are needed as well. 

Donations have picked up recently, but Waltz says more are needed to sustain the pantry for the next year.

Demand has doubled compared to this same time last year at the Christian Needs Center. Rejoice Christian Church has a food pantry in conjunction with the Siouxland Food Bank, and Pastor Tony De La Rosa says that he has noticed  an increase in their distrubution as well.

Because of Rejoice's connection with The Siouxland Food Bank, it's not food that they are short of, it's the funds to buy that food.

Food is distributed the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Rejoice Christian Church, with a smaller pantry that is open the first and fourth Wednesday of each month, as well as Saturday mornings.

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