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Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Supplies Down 66 Percent

Aired December 22, 2000 - 1:12 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: If you want to step away from the consumerism during the holidays, we're going to do that for a moment, because for so many people, the holiday season is a time for charity.

And CNN's Jennifer Auther is at a food bank in Los Angeles to bring us the story from there -- Jennifer.

JENNIFER AUTHER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Natalie, supplies here at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank are down 66 percent. This at a time when the demand is up 33 percent. So right now at this food bank, we're talking about 300,000 families who depend on places like this for their food every single week.

Right now, what we're seeing is that the people here at the food bank can make up for the deficit. They're doing food drives, they're reaching out to suppliers, to manufacturers. They're trying to get these shelves restocked. Right now, about 800,000 pounds are in this warehouse. But usually this time of year, it really is supposed to be stocked with about 1 1/2 million pounds of food.

(AUDIO DIFFICULTIES)

ALLEN: Well, we just lost Jennifer's audio. We'll try to reestablish that.

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