CENTRAL OHIO -- In 2008, Mid-Ohio Foodbank's pantry network responded to more than 1.5 million requests for food assistance, up 14 percent over the previous year.
With the deepening recession and rising unemployment throughout Ohio in 2009, food pantries across the area have all seen greater need this year.
There's been a 10 percent increase in requests through September over last year's record-high numbers.
Member food pantries are now trying to cope with more than 140,000 requests for assistance every month.
Food pantries are seeing a lot of new faces, many who have never needed help in the past.
Whether it is the loss of a job, home, or savings, food-pantry statistics reflect a deepening crisis.
With winter and holidays coming, even more families will have to turn to a food pantry to get by.
In order to get through these hard times, Mid-Ohio Foodbank must depend on neighbors helping neighbors -- special fund-raising events and food drives that give our community the opportunity to help.
You can help ensure that there will be sufficient food for all those who are facing hunger.
For every $1 donated, Mid-Ohio Foodbank can provide $8 worth of groceries.
Click here to donate online or to get more information about the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. http://www.midohiofoodbank.org/give
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