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More Utahns seek help at food pantries

More Utahns seek help at food pantries



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The number of Utahns looking for help at food pantries has soared over the past few months as food prices spiked and personal bills rose.

The state has seen a simultaneous jump in households relying on food stamps. Those in need say high rents and few jobs are part of the financial web trapping many Utah families.

From January through March 2008, the community service help line 211 received more than 2,000 calls from Utahns needing food assistance, more than twice the number of calls in the same period last year.

From March 2007 to March 2008, the number of Utah households on food stamps grew by about 4 percent after dropping nearly 8 percent the year before. Those working with the low-income community say the numbers are clear signs of the state's growing financial woes.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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