Food bank says need keeps rising

Akron-Canton agency reports distributions are 14 percent higher than in 2007

Akron Beacon Journal

Demand for food from the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is increasing rapidly.

The food bank released statistics Wednesday showing that for the first six months of this year, compared with the same period last year, food distributions increased by 14 percent.

At the same time, agencies that receive food are reporting an increase of 20 percent in the number of people being served.

Food distribution at the food bank increased by 7 percent in the second quarter of the year compared with the first quarter, said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the food bank.

At the current rate of distributing food to area shelters and food cupboards, Flowers said, the agency could distribute 14 million pounds of food this year, compared with 12 million in 2007.

As a result, Flowers said this is ''a historic and unprecedented time in the history of the anti-hunger movement.''

The food bank statistics were released as U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Copley Twp., Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and other civic leaders toured the food bank's new $6 million facility at 350 Opportunity Parkway in Akron.

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