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Food shelf volunteers Shirley and David Vik's decision to lend a hand was "faith based. We know there's a great need," David Vik said. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Food shelf usage is on the rise in Hubbard County

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Meteorological spring kicked in Friday, as did the Hubbard County Food Shelf food- and fundraising drive.

Temperatures and food shelf usage are on the rise.

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Food shelf coordinator Dave Long reports total pounds of food distributed in 2012 were up 10 percent. And 4,172 family visits were made to the food shelf, up 13 percent from the previous year.

Last year, 14,056 individuals were served, a 13 percent increase over the year before.

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