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Food Bank's Shelves Looking Bare For Spring

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Spring is hard for the homeless and hungry because so few actually give this time of year.

Couple this time of year with rising gas prices, which means it costs more to drive food around and that means the cost of food is up and it all leads to fewer people being able to afford eating.

"Food is one of those things in your budget you can buy less of," said Jocelyn Lantrip, spokeswoman for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. "Your rent is the same every month, your power goes up, but with food you can buy less and that's exactly what people do, so they really get into a bind and they turn to us for emergency food services."

Lantrip said the problem is the shelves at the food bank's warehouse are nearly bare. All the food and money giving during the holidays is just about gone.

Lantrip said the youngest Nevadans are the ones most in need of assistance. She said 30,000 kids in Washoe County qualify for free or reduced school lunch.

The food bank has teamed up to provide a variety of programs to reach those starving kids.

"We want to make sure in the summer there's a place they can go to the park and have a nutritious meal. With the backpack program and we do school pantries, there's a lot of programs around children because if children are hungry, they are not learning the way they need to learn."

You can watch the entire interview on Face the State this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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