Food Banks In Need

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Pantry workers we spoke with said things like 'a very dire situation' or 'expecting a big hole' if the current downword trend of donations continues. Connie Marquis works for the Salvation Army in Rockford. She may be stocking shelves but that's not indicative of a strong food supply there. Some shelves are bare for basics like canned fruit and peanut butter. And there was nothing to see on these shelves for toilitries. Marquis worries they could run dry by christmas. It's a reality that's hard to absorb. "There's alot of days that we've given less than we wanted to and then we'd go home and think about it afterwards so personally it's a little difficult sometimes," Maquis said. She thinks donations are down right now because there are more working poor families. And rising gas prices are leaving families with less money for charity. The director of the Northern Illinois Food Bank says his agency did a recent survey of Rockford area food pantries. And most said they barely have enough food to get through December. He adds that fewer federal dollars and companies reducing product lines are other factors to the lower food supply.