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(KSL News) Utah's food pantries are too small and understaffed.
Currently the state ranks seventh in the nation in households suffering from "food insecurity."
Utah's food banks feed up to 20,000 families a month, but a new study from Utah State University shows the pantries have a hard time meeting the demand, due to limited storage and refrigeration space, along with a shortage of volunteers.
The study also shows the five counties with the highest need in the state have the fewest number of resources. Three of those counties; Piute, Wayne and Rich; have no services at all.
Food bank officials hope the study results will spur Utah lawmakers into action to increase budgets during the next legislative session.