More hungry families, but charities have less food to give
Food Pantries struggle to keep enough food on shelves to feed the needy.
November 22nd, 2012
06:00 AM ET

More hungry families, but charities have less food to give

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) - It tears at the very heart of those who provide for the poor to have to say, ‘no.’

[:13] “When I see a big grown man crying. It hits hard to see that.”

Sister Joan Hogan runs the Margaret Aylward Center for the poor in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Pico Rivera. She fought back tears as she explained that there just isn’t enough food to be able to give to everyone who comes to her center for help.

[1:10] “When I see men, the bread-winner of the family so-to-speak, come here they’ve lost a job, they cannot pay their rent, their house, they’re now homeless; so to me…and now I’m going to be sad. But that really moves me.”

According to the U-S-D-A, the number of Americans who are "food insecure" has risen from 36.3 million in 2002, to 50.1 million in 2011. That’s nearly 15-percent of all US households.

Barbara Howell, director of the Burbank Temporary Aid Center in Burbank, California says that donations to food banks and food pantries have not risen at the same rate.

[2:33] “You just pray that the community responds to what you’ve told them that you need so that you don’t have to look at that mother or that father and say, ‘sorry.’ It’s heart-breaking.”

Howell says they have to prioritize, and the needs of  families with small children get served first.

The center works hard to provide enough items for their Thanksgiving meal including one of the limited number of Turkeys it has have to give.

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