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Wed. 7:30 p.m.: Study reflects increase of food hardship in communities

WARREN – The Warren-Youngstown-Boardman area has the second highest food hardship rate in the U.S., according to a study by the Food Research and Action Center.

That means 22 percent of people living in that region have difficulty finding an adequate supply of food, the study states. The No. 1 community of the 108 studied is Bakersfield in southern Califorina, according to the report.

The results of the study are reflected by help provided to local residents by the Warren Family Mission and Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. The food bank collects food that it then distributes to its 125 member agencies in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

“We definitely have a huge need here in the community for food and stuff,” said Dominic Mararri, director of public relations for the Warren Family Mission, which is served by Second Harvest.

The Warren Family Mission last year provided 120,716 meals to local residents, a nearly 6.5 percent increase from 2016.

Read more in Thursday’s Tribune Chronicle.

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