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Dinner for Hunger

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PASCO, Wash. -- The Department of Agriculture says that 15% of all Tri-Citians are served by the food bank and 16% of people in Franklin County live in poverty.

Thursday night, a dinner at CBC reminded people what it's like to be hungry. People that arrived at CBC Thursday were split into three groups: the high income, middle income, and low income groups.

The low income group sat on blankets and boxes on the floor and was given just rice and water. The middle group had rice and hot beans and the top group had spaghetti, salad and juice. People involved said even in such a controlled environment they could begin to feel what being hungry was like.

Reid Helford, a member of the low income group, says, "I got a little bit of rice and some luke warm water and I feel a little bit frustrated about it honestly."

Julie Allenby, a member of the high income group, says, "It makes me uncomfortable because I know that these other people behind me are hungry and I'm eating ritzy and having no worries."

CBC teachers say one of the best ways you can help the hungry is to donate food, money, or time. They also say you can volunteer at a local food bank or just share what you have.