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Holidays Bring Increased Demand at Dubuque Food Bank, Pantry

Dubuque organizations that help provide food for struggling families say they’ll have a hard time keeping shelves stocked through the holidays. Both the Dubuque Food Pantry and St. Stephen’s Food Bank are already seeing an increase in demand. At St. Stephen’s location off of Cedar Cross Road, the warehouse currently looks full. But Executive Director Kathy Hutton says food doesn’t stay on their shelves for long. According to Hutton, demand for food increases by about 20% in the month of December. At the Dubuque Food Pantry on Jackson Street, Manager Theresa Caldwell expects that 90% of their current food supply will be gone by Christmas. But Caldwell is confident that the community will step up to fill their needs if demand reaches even higher. The nonprofit organization Feeding America estimates that one in eight Iowans struggles with hunger at any point in time.

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