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North Iowa food pantry expands to help those in need

The holidays are the busiest time of year for Iowa’s food pantries, but the need for food assistance remains great year-round, as families on a limited budget struggle with rising food costs.
Unfortunately, many Iowa families must make the choice to either “heat or eat” during the winter months, said Ozzie Ohl, a volunteer at the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank in Mason City.
“We have a lot of elderly (clie­nts), and you’ve probably seen them in the grocery store. They’ve got a can in their hand, and they’re standing there, and you know the thought process that they are going through: Can I afford this?” said ...



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