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Food Bank tries to meet rising needs

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BEAUMONT -

While many kitchens are filled with Thanksgiving leftovers, the local food bank is already trying to restock for Christmas.

Food and monetary donations are slowly coming in.

"I think the long term effects of the economy continue to be felt by the community. The longer we go with a small recovery. The longer we can't make ends meet," Dan Maher with the Southeast Texas Food Bank said Wednesday.

The Food Bank was already faced with a rising need in November following cuts to SNAP better known as the federal food stamp program.

"We do realize that the impact will not only be felt by individuals but will be felt by the community which will have to rally to support these individuals who to feel gaps left by federal cuts," Maher said.

There has been much talk as of late about the "Dairy Cliff", milk prices as high as $7 or more. It's a very real possibly after January 1st if congressional leaders can come to no deal soon.

This means the pressure mounts on the food bank to collect donations not just for Christmas but through Christmas and into the New Year.

"Any cost increase that happens nationally or regionally it's going to impact us just as it would any family," Maher said.

Simple donations for the food bank are canned goods and pasta. But the food bank does have a need for meat products.

Good donations include things like canned stew or chili.

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