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Hubbard County Food Shelf volunteers Ruth Lange and Jim Lange were at work sorting produce this week, the site seeing more families and senior citizens requesting food.

Food shelf hit hard by economy

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The Hubbard County Food Shelf is facing a double-edged sword this year - the economy.

While unemployment, home foreclosures and other issues are pushing up usage, the stagnant economy has donations heading downward.

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In comparison with the same point last year - four weeks into the drive - food donations are down 3,000 pounds and monetary gifts are $22,000 shy of 2010's amount.

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