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Demand Skyrockets At SoCal Food Banks

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People wait in line to receive food at a food bank distribution on April 9 in Van Nuys.
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Lines stretch out the door and snake around the block. Cars wait in mile-long queues at drive-through distribution centers.

Harald Herrmann, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County told us:

"I've talked to people that have been in the food banking and pantry business for a lifetime, 30 plus years. No one's ever seen anything like this."

Some of the pantries and agencies his organization works with have seen a 200% increase in demand. Others, especially smaller operations, have closed due to the challenges of physical distancing, fewer volunteers and, in some cases, overwhelming demand.

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