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Food banks, pantries find new ways to feed more people

1 year 10 months 1 week ago August 11, 2015 Aug 11, 2015 Tuesday, August 11 2015 August 11, 2015 12:10 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Kathy Matheson and Lisa Rathke

Food banks and pantries are finding new ways to stretch donor dollars and feed more people.

Feeding America, a Chicago-based hunger-relief organization, says 1 in 6 people struggles with hunger in the U.S.

Many food banks now have food trucks that pull up on parking lots in targeted neighborhoods and deliver refrigerated and dry foods.

In Vermont, the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf runs a food truck to outlying communities to deliver free meals made from produce donated by local farms.

And with computer software, pantries can target food to particular health needs or preferences: kosher, low-salt, or microwaveable meals for people in rooming houses, for example. 

In Philadelphia, the Mitzvah Food Project runs a pantry where customers use a digital ordering system to make their selection by mouse or touchscreen.

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