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Family says food bank stereotypes are changing

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -  Some may think they can tell who is struggling and who isn't, but food bank workers say that line is getting blurred. One Kennewick family says the stereotypes that once surrounded the hungry, are changing.

For the past 2 months, Brad and Andrea McCube have been relying on Andrea's income, after Brad was laid off. They started going to the food bank a few weeks ago, after their kids noticed something was  wrong. 

 "They'll say why don't we have as much snack foods? And we'll tell them it's a little tight," Andrea said.

Brad says his story is the same as many others at the food bank.

"Today I was sitting there, and I sat next to 4 different people and had a conversation with them, and half of them were in dress clothes, so that when they were done there, they could go out and do interviews," he said. 

With many other families like theirs turning to the food bank for help , the McCubes say the stereotypes typically associated with the hungry are changing.

"For the people who think it's just for the homeless guy, it's not just that. It's everybody. Everybody's there. No one's judging," Brad said.

They urge others to not only donate, but to also get help if they're in a tight spot.
"It makes you feel like I'm not the only one. There's other people all sorts of ages, races, gender, that are suffering as well," Andrea said.

The McCubes say they will continue to use the food bank to supplement their other groceries until brad finds work. Then, they will donate to help others.