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Food banks helping Tri-Citians

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  Sometimes all it takes is a little help--a loaf of bread or maybe some canned vegetables.

"It means a lot because I eat everyday and it keeps me energized," says Denise Neira, who uses the Tri-Cities Food Bank.

Five days a week volunteers at the Tri-Cities Food Bank give out free food to those in need.  The idea isn't to stock up their shelves, but instead give them just a little bit more.    

"The intent is that we can feed each family," explains Caitlin Brittain, a volunteer.  "It is an emergency food service, it's not enough to feed the family for two weeks."

But the bottom line is free food--what so many are hungry for, especially in these tough times.

"Each time we come, it seems there's more and more families, especially around the holidays, it's very noticeable," Brittain adds.

All it takes to help is a small donation.