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Expanded food bank opens in Sumner County

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The recession may have ended years ago, but many Americans are still struggling. That's why a newly expanded food bank was a welcome sight Tuesday in Sumner County.

Some people waited overnight just to get a box of food to feed their families for a few more days.

"We are expecting to serve 300 to 350 families with approximately 40,000 to 42,000 pounds of food," said James Gill, director of the Sumner County Food Bank.

The Census Bureau reported this week that about 46.5 million people in this country are living on an individual income of less than $12,000 a year or about $23,500 a year for a family of four.

Gill says the need for food donations grows every month, so the agency had to move into its larger building on Woods Ferry Road.

"We came from a 1,600 square foot building to a 12,000 square foot building," Gill said.

Families get a box with 100 pounds of food, which is usually enough to feed a family of four for 10 days.

Donna Richardson, of Hendersonville, says the rise in grocery prices caused her to seek help a year ago.

"I needed help because my money wasn't lasting the whole month," Richardson said. "You used to spend $100 and get a lot of groceries. Now, you get nothing."

Gill says he sees new families all the time.

"It's coming to a point where it's more than any agency can fulfill," he said.

To qualify for assistance, you have to prove you live in the county, so bring identification and a utility bill.

For more information, including how to donate to the Sumner County Food Bank, visit: http://sumnercountyfoodbank.com.

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