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Local Food Banks Hope Holidays Don't Wipe Them Out

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Donations and volunteers have remained steady for northwest harvest.

"What's changing is our cost to maintain the food bank," said rosemary Rief.

Northwest harvest gives out 30 thousand pounds of food on any given day...and provides produce and cans to more than 30 other food banks.

"It's more expensive to produce food, deliver it and our lines are increasing," said Rief.

Just this morning, volunteers filled a truck with food for more than 120 families in Granger. And employees worry they won't have much food left over from the holidays.

"Because of the economy everybody is worried," said Patricia Santos, a volunteer.

"We're trying to keep steady and right now we've got our head above the water," said Rief.

Right now, the food bank has a generous amount of volunteers and food, just in time for the holidays...

"We're not just concerned about thanksgiving and Christmas, these people are hungry all year long," said Rief.

And in months like February and March there's still a high demand for food, but very little donations.

"We're concerned about the amount going out, are lines going to jump," said Rief.

"Hopefully it'll get better," said Santos.

The food bank is always looking for more volunteers and food. You can donate any canned, non-perishable food.

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