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10 years later: Feed our valley doubles food available

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In a world where rent, bills and medical costs have a due date... the budget for groceries can quickly shrink.
"I have medicine I need to pay for and other things and I think getting the produce and the nice bread... I can have a little extra money for something else," said Cheryl Mcintosh.

10 years ago, at the 3Cs, a food pantry in North Lima, there wasn't enough food to go around for people like Mcintosh.
Now a decade later, the pantry is filling 1,460 requests for food in just a month.
Their explanation? A community effort, many know as Project feed our valley.

"The need has always been there however the light has been shined by feed our valley on the issue of hunger," said Director of Second Harvest Food Bank Mike Iberis.
Neighbors, helping neighbors.  
That was the simple idea, brought forth by the news director of WFMJ, that started a movement ten years ago.
For Veteran anchor Bob Black,the powerful message of hunger cut deep in his first feed our valley story

"I asked her why are you here? She said I come here for luxuries. I said what do you consider luxuries? She said apples. And I thought if apples are a luxury, how bad is this problem here," said Black.

That awareness... made change. doubling the amount of food available through the second harvest food bank, and skyrocketing the number of people served here at the 3Cs panty in North Lima by 110%.

But the need... is still very real.
1 in 6 people locally still don't know where their next meal is coming from.

That all can change, with the thought that started feed our valley neighbors helping neighbors. Cause when it comes to food, we all need to eat.

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