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Demand for holiday food boxes remains high as food stamps cuts [soup line cuts] take toll

by Yuxing Zheng, OregonLive:

About 10 people huddled in the 35-degree chill Tuesday morning in Vancouver, half an hour before the doors were set to open.

They weren’t queueing for the latest video game console or Black Friday sale. They were waiting for eggs, milk, carrots, potatoes, apples, a turkey and other ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal. Each of the prized 2½-by-1½ foot cardboard boxes handed out by St. Vincent de Paul of Brush Prairie contained everything that 105 local families will be gathering around Thursday evening.

“It would be depressing and very broke without this. We wouldn’t have anything,” said Orchards resident Shannon Hardman, who picked up a food box for her husband and 14-year-old daughter at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. “With this, we have the basics.”

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