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Food Bank Struggles To Keep Shelves Stocked

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SALISBURY, Md. - It's been dubbed the Post holiday Slump at Food Banks across the nation. The Maryland Food Bank Eastern Shore is no exception, they see donations drop dramatically this time of year. In the past week, donations at the Maryland Food Bank took a nose dive. Serving nine counties, means a lot of hungry mouths to feed.

"Families are in need of food more than ever after the holidays. During the holidays, there are so many resources they can draw upon, but after the holidays everything stops," Yvonne Terry, with the Maryland Food Bank tells us.

Higher utility bills in the winter months force families who fell on hard times to choose heat over groceries.

Looking around the facility, the stock is pretty depleted. While it's typical for this time of year, it's worse because of Superstorm Sandy.

After the storm, The Food Bank sent over 45,000 pounds of food to Somerset County, and the hardest hit areas. Now, they're in a bit of a rut as they try to compensate for the extra demand.

"That's a lot of food so we're trying to recoup all of that food by creating awareness," Terry says.

If you would like to help the Food Bank, officials say to start by calling them at 410-742-0050. They will tell you how to help directly and which items they are most in need of. They are in need of monetary donations, volunteers to pack boxes, and food donations. Just five dollars can feed 12 children a full meal.

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