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Food pantry donations setting records

Charlotte-area food pantries are experiencing a surge in donations, despite the recession. In fact, some say it's because of the recession During a single week starting February 7th, Loaves and Fishes collected 119 tons of food for its emergency pantries. That's nearly 20 tons more than the nonprofit collected during the same period last year, despite the deepening economic crisis. Development Director Lucy Mitchell says Loaves and Fishes ran its annual February food drive exactly the same as last year. "The difference is we are feeding more people and the word that the media got out was that there are increased needs at Loaves and Fishes," says Mitchell. "People understand that. They're seeing their neighbors experiencing layoffs. They themselves are experiencing a layoff, and in turn they were very generous." Mitchell says the number of people requesting food from Loaves and Fishes is also setting records on a daily basis. The same is true for Second Harvest food pantries, where director Kay Carter says they're also on track to surpass last year's donations. And she says more people are calling to volunteer at Second Harvest and do food drives compared to last year.