Friday, November 28, 2008

Food banks report spike in needy on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2008 11:35:17 PM

The line for a Thanksgiving meal was long when the Chicago Christian Industrial League shelter opened Thursday morning, and volunteers served more than 200 people in the first 40 minutes -- record demand for the shelter.

Among the hungry were familiar faces, people who had eaten their last Thanksgiving meal at the shelter and others who had helped provide those meals, said executive director Mary Shaver.

"These are the people who are always giving money -- and now they're asking for help," Shaver said. "These were the people donating money to us."

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