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Food pantries feeling the need at the shelves

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Linda Clark with the Emergency Food Pantry in Fargo, knows these shelves from front to back.
So she knows when they need to be stocked.

"We are averaging 50 families a day. And some are families of 8," says Clark.

It's numbers like that, that Clark says is causing a shortage of food here.

"18,000 pounds gone in a month," says Clark.

It's not just here, but at other pantries in town, all seeing the same thing.

"We don't have any big food drives in the summer months," says Clark.

So they are counting on the community to help.

"Some weeks, we don't have enough fruit or cereal, so we have to go according to food items," says Clark.

For the first time this year, the pantry has a garden located just feet from their doors. Every fruit and vegetable grown from here, will help fill the shelves in there.

"During the summer months we grow a lot of extra stuff," says Clark.

Clark says food from the ground has really helped.

"If it wasn't for people being so generous with the gardens, I don't know what we'd do," says Clark.

And as the number of hungry stomachs continues to grow here in the region,
the pantry hopes the growing support will continue.

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