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Ontario food pantry confronts rising demand for services

Doug Dean, the manager of the Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida food pantry in Ontario talks about the growing need for food the pantry encountered since the first of the year. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

ONTARIO – The Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida food pantry in Ontario is in the midst of a period of high demand after the number of individuals who need assistance began to climb in January.

“People used to just come in on Wednesdays but we are seeing them coming in every day now,” said Doug Dean, the manager of the pantry.

Dean said the facility at 180 W. Idaho Ave. usually distributes about 100 food boxes each month.

“Now we are up to 125 boxes a month. We are packing the boxes with more food. This year, so far, we have . . .