Rise in food hunger has Yuma Community Food Bank calling for don

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Rise in food hunger has Yuma Community Food Bank calling for donations

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - Being on the front lines of the war on hunger just got tougher:Yuma County now ranks number one in Arizona for food hunger.

President and CEO of the Yuma Community Food Bank, Mike Ivers, tells 13 on Your Side the need to feed more families and collect more donations continues to grow.

And at a time when the need is greater, families will get less food.

For the Yuma Community Food Bank, turning people away is just not an option. That's because one in four people living in Yuma do not know where their next meal will come from.

It was a full parking lot at the Yuma Community Food Bank Tuesday afternoon as many residents were picking up food. However, inside it was a different story: the storage room is nearly empty.

Ivers says recently they have served more than four hundred families that come through their doors each day.

He says people of all ages are hurting: children, seniors, domestic violence victims, working poor and even Yuma Proving Ground employees who are subject to furloughs.

Government donations to the food bank are down 40-percent.

Ivers says the only way to make sure no one misses a meal, especially children, is for the community to come together and help one another.

Ivers adds that donations are greatly appreciated.

The food bank is located at 2404 East 24th Street. For more information on how you can help, visit www.yumafoodbank.org or call them at (928) 343-1243.