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Food Pantries in SWFL Face Growing Demand

Food pantries and other food security resources face growing demand across Southwest Florida. The Collier County Salvation Army says it's shelves are nearly empty, and the Community Cooperative says everything from seasonal employment to expensive housing to the holidays all put a greater demand on food resources this time of year. 

For Charlotte County's Meals on Wheels program, workers know that, for many who rely on their service, it's the only food they'll get all day.

In this segment of Gulf Coast Live, we'll explore the increasing food insecurity in Southwest Florida, and the need for donations of time, food, and money across the region.


Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.
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