Dutch food banks struggle to cope with demand

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The number of people who visited food banks in the first three months of 2012 is startling according to the Dutch Food Bank Foundation.    According to Clara Sies from Dutch Food Bank Foundation, the number of people who visited a food bank in the first quarter of this year is on par with the figure for all of 2011. In Rotterdam alone, 500 new applications for food bank assistance have been received.

"Undoubtedly this is the result of the economic crisis. People have higher health insurance co-payments, and higher energy bills," said Sies.   Also there is a shortage of food at Dutch food banks. This is a was the case last year as well but the problem appears to be getting worse. "There is plenty of surplus food out there," said Sies, "but we're not receiving it."  



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