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Food pantries fill gap for many in Belleville

Although the government has declared the recession officially over, the number of people needing help to keep food on the table continues to grow.

"There is definitely more demand," said Belleville Salvation Army Capt. Heath Sells. "We are seeing a lot more senior citizens coming in that we haven't seen before. I don't know if that's because they are having to make those tough decisions between food, prescriptions, utilities and housing, but our prayer is that we are able to ease some of that struggle so they don't have to make that decision between whether to eat or get a prescription filled.

"This isn't the chronic homeless, these are the people who are still struggling to pick themselves up out of this economic slump. These are people who are struggling after they lost a job and are trying to get back on their feet," he said.

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