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Mobile Food Bank Stretched To The Limit

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(WLNS) - As many struggle with the economy and school children spending more time at home  thousands lined up this weekend hoping to get much needed food to fill their cupboards.

And the demand was so great at a mobile food pantry set up in Lansing the supplies ran out before everyone's needs were met.

Groceries on the go. The Greater Lansing Food Bank sets up a mobile food pantry in Lansing once a month to bring fresh food to the city.

"We go around the community to make transportation less of a challenge and we try to make sure we are always near a busline- so it's food on a truck," says Joan Jackson Johnson of the City of Lansing.

And with Federal food stamp cuts, thousands of people like Darlene Rolland depend on the pantry to make ends meet.

Rolland says, "It helps us towards the end of the month until we do get our food stamps to provide for our families."

And Rolland's not alone.

Joan Jackson Johnson says the mobile pantries serve about 4,000 people every month and gives many access to fresh groceries instead of canned goods.

"You get a little bit of everything and you also get your meat and by the kids being out for the summer, this is really good for them also."

The mobile food pantry uses about 35,000 pounds of food every single month but even with that much sometimes it's not enough.

"We try to the best of our ability. The concern here is we clearly will not have enough food for the last people in line," says Jackson Johnson.

But despite the shortage Jackson Johnson says they try to make sure everyone walks away with at least something.

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