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Thanksgiving busy time for food pantries with increased demand

Food Pantry getting ready for Thanksgiving food distribution
Food Pantry getting ready for Thanksgiving food distribution

EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - Thanksgiving is normally a busy time for food pantries.

And for the first time, a pantry in Eau Claire is seeing a large number of working poor families.

Sherry Hebert of the Trinity Lutheran Church pantry tells WEAU-TV that its clients used to be unemployed for the most part. But they’ve since been joined by lots of part-time workers who don’t make enough in wages to make ends meet.

And a growing number of clients are coming in from communities that surround Eau Claire.

Hebert says families leave their names and addresses when they register – but they do not have to list their incomes.

Most of the food is supplied by the “Feed My People” food bank, which serves hunger relief groups in 14 northwest Wisconsin communities.