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Yakima's Union Gospel Mission Serving More People With Fewer Donations

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Workers at Yakima's Union Gospel Mission blame high gas prices and the slumping economy for the decline they have seen in donations from the community.

Those are also possible reasons for an increase in people looking for food and shelter at the mission. According to the shelter's Executive Director, Rick Phillips, the mission is giving out around 70 food boxes a day. Phillips says, during summer months, they usually only give out 30 boxes a day.

Also, the rooms for families are at full capacity. Usually there are vacancies during the summer.

In terms of food donations, contributions from retail stores have been steady. However, workers say walk-in donations from the community have decreased.

"We've always depended on people stopping and dropping off some cans of corn or beans", says Phillips. "Those have tapered off a little bit".

Phillips says the shelter is $20,000 over budget on a monthly basis, but says they always find a way to cover their costs as well as get everyone fed.

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