Charity sees influx of those in need, as they predicted

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - They predicted it would be coming, they just hoped it wouldn't.

At Loaves and Fishes, which operates more than a dozen food banks in our area, they knew they'd likely get more clients this summer.

July 1st was the date many people lost their long-term unemployment benefits.  July is also a typically busy month for them because children aren't getting free meals at school and families are trying to manage high utility bills as they beat the heat.

This summer, though, the need is greater.

"We are seeing many new faces.  In fact, at least 25 % of our clients are coming for the very first time.  That  is pretty amazing because we've been in business 38 years," said Loaves and Fishes director Beverly Howard.

Their shelves are stretched thin but they are not in panic mode.

"We're certain the community would come through for us if we thought we weren't going to be able to meet the need, and we're not there yet, but it is always nice to stay ahead by having donations of food and cash," Howard said.

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