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Food drive helping residents on fixed income

OPELIKA, Al. (WTVM) -- Vanessa Nappier works with her church to deliver food to elderly Opelika residents on a fixed income.

"The cost of living has skyrocketed, they are having a hard time paying utility bills and they choose btween medications and groceries," said Vanessa Nappier of the Christian Heritage church.

Going hungry or staying healthy is a choice many of our neighbors are making, especially during the worst recession in recent history.

Without the East Alabama Food Bank, more than 13-thousand men, women and children would go without, every month.

"A lot of underemployment, people that are working by have had their hours reduced and are not having enough to make a go of it, I think a lot of us have been impacted by the recession but some people living close to the edge this recession has really become a crisis for them," said Martha Henk, East Alabama Food bank director.

Despite seeing the need for food nearly quadruple compared to last year, the food bank has not had to cut services.

Donations are keeping up with increased demands.

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