Claremont Soup Kitchen sees growing need
"We've been feeding well over 100 people every night," she said. "We're seeing a lot of new people. We've gotten a lot more elderly and we're seeing a lot more young families that are really having to struggle."
The people seeking food boxes from the Claremont Soup Kitchen's Food Pantry has also doubled from about 20 to 25 boxes per day to about 50 per day.
Bunnell said anyone who walks in is welcome to a meal at the soup kitchen, but those asking for a box from the food pantry have to fill out a form. There are the pensioners on fixed incomes, the unemployed and the homeless, but what is saddening is the number of working families receiving food stamps and are requiring the extra meals and food boxes just to feed their children.
Often people are working two jobs and still not making enough to pay the bills.
"Even when we started it back in 1983 it was bad, but people found that they could go out and find jobs," she said.
People are most likely trying to spend less on their food budgets so they can survive the expected cuts, she said.
New Hampshire Food Bank provides about 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and boys and girls clubs with food to distribute to the needy.
That need is expected to rise with the upcoming holiday season, he said.
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