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Long lines at food bank, shelves nearly bare after Christmas

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INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosier food banks were already desperate for donations, and after pushing out so much for Christmas, shelves are close to bare once again.

“We’re struggling to meet the need,” said Robert Wilson, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Gleaners Food Bank.

The need is so big, Gleaners set a new distribution record this holiday season by giving out four million meals.

“We’re just not seeing the economy here in Indiana and across the country produce enough of the good paying jobs that are going to allow struggling Hoosier families to put food on the table,” said Wilson.

And even many people who do have jobs don’t know where they’re getting their next meal.

Wilson says one-third of the people they help do have jobs, but they make too much to qualify for help, and too little to feed their families.

He hopes people don’t lose the spirit of giving now that the holidays are coming to a close.

Nearly 300 people showed up at Gleaners Thursday afternoon for food.

“Hunger unfortunately is a year-round problem,” said Wilson. “We’re very grateful to everyone who is not only helping us provide food, but provide hope for our neighbors in need.”

Monetary donations stretch the farthest, but any donation is greatly appreciated.