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Thursday, December 07, 2006 

Please Remember Your Local Food Bank

This Holiday season.

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico is caught in a food crunch that is gripping food charities across the United States, according to New Mexico Food Bank officials.

The food shortage has halted food deliveries in eastern New Mexico and elsewhere, according to officials.

"We are in a precarious situation," Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Nancy Taylor said.

All eight banks in the New Mexico Association of Food Banks are grappling with similar restrictions, according to Association Executive Director Laurel Wyckoff, who visited Clovis Wednesday.

According to Wyckoff, the shortage is a result of a storm of market changes that have altered federal commodity programs.

Commodity programs supply banks with surplus food from American farmers. Improved technology and nudges to farmers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cut down on surplus have slashed the amount of commodities received by banks, Wyckoff said. - Clovis News

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