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Food banks across the nation strained by rising needs, rising costs

Niki Sampson, executive director of the Klamath-Lake Counties Food bank in southern Oregon, has seen 250 additional households coming in for food assistance since May.

“Nearly 85% have never had to use a food bank program,” Sampson said, stressing the rise of seniors and residents with disabilities needing help. “Since January, it’s been inflation, inflation, inflation.”