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Food pantries finding cupboards bare
Agencies stretched amid rising needs
Catherine Jun / The Detroit News
Pontiac -- Hungry area residents who have to turn to food banks for their next meal are finding the shelves increasingly bare.
Pantries throughout Metro Detroit are reporting staggering numbers of families coming through their doors, which means keeping the shelves stocked with essential food items -- juice, bread and canned fruit, meat and veggies -- has become much harder.
At the Salvation Army's food pantry on Oakland Avenue, all that remained on the ceiling-high slats on a recent morning were cans of tomato soup, cereal, soda crackers and spaghetti noodles.
Both freezers were empty.
"It's like I'm Mother Hubbard," said Gail Hardy, a director at the facility.