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By Kerry Klatt

The demand grows for the food shelf

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AUSTIN/ALBERT LEA, MN (FOX 47) -- Food shelves are gearing-up for Christmas, but there's a problem. Nationwide, reports show that donations are up by about 18%, but demand has grown 25 to 40 percent in some places leaving shelves nearly empty.

While the Austin and Albert Lea food shelves aren't in desperate need for donations like some food shelves are nationally, they're still in tough shape.

The local food shelves fed more people on Thanksgiving than they have in recent years.

And with the economy the way it is, volunteers say that over the Thanksgiving holiday they fed people who used to volunteer and donate money and now can't afford to feed their families.

Workers say resources, these days, are limited so they need your help either by donating food or spending a few hours ringing the bell at a red kettle station.

The Albert Lea Salvation Army still needs many more bell ringers.

The Salvation Army in Albert Lea expected to feed about 250 people on Thanksgiving, and ended up feeding over 400.

So there's clearly an immediate need for donations, especially this time of year.


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