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Food shelf use rises as crop yields decrease

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Posted on September 18, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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LUNA SHEN, RIGHT, a Middlebury College student intern from the Middlebury College FoodWorks Program, leads a recent volunteer effort to process donated crops from area farms that will fortify Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects’ food shelf. The processing took place at the Patricia Hannaford Career Center’s kitchen in Middlebury. Photo courtesy Lily Bradburn

MIDDLEBURY — The Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) food shelf in Middlebury is seeing a substantial uptick in demand from Addison County residents who are having a hard time making ends meet.

That, in itself, is of major concern to HOPE Executive Director Jeanne Montross. But the problem is compounded by the fact that this demand is occurring before the toughest winter months, and Montross knows there are many other hungry people in more distant reaches of the county who simply can’t get to the HOPE food shelf.

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