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State's Largest Food Bank Struggles to Meet High Demand

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    The food pantry needs your help.

    Connecticut Food Bank's supplies are dwindling and the agency is making a public plea for assistance.

    The Food Bank has seen its food supply dwindle in the last few weeks as donations diminish and the demand for assistance continues.

    As a result, Connecticut Food Bank is running a special "virtual food drive" on its website, www.ctfoodbank.org, to raise the funds needed to buy additional food this summer to feed state residents in need.

    "Contrary to what many people may think, the highest demand for food is in the summer. More families will be turning to soup kitchens and food pantries for assistance because they don't have enough money to buy the food they need for their children," Nancy L. Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank's chief executive officer, said.

    A family with two children will have to come up with more than 200 extra meals during the summer vacation when they don't have access to school meal, she said, and that's an extremely difficult situation to face for most low-income families.

    Connecticut Food Bank serves 650  food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and low-income child and adult day meal programs in six of Connecticut's eight counties