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Low donations worry local food banks

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- NBC Right Now wrapped up our food drive last week. But area food banks say they're still hurting.

Donations are down, and some places are seeing bare shelves.

Organizations like Tri-Cities Food Bank and Golden Age Food Share say low donations have forced them to take drastic actions. Golden age which serves the elderly is selling used clothes to earn money to buy food. Tri-cities food bank is dipping into reserves.

"There's no major food drives going on, so we're relying heavily on other types of donations plus purchase food," says John Neil of Tri-Cities Food Bank.

Both organizations rely on a large amount of their food from places like Second Harvest. They say the summer should provide some relief because food is donated from farms, but they still stress the need for canned goods.